PREMIERE: Corey King “Ibaraki”
Groove to something a little different today
You’re in for a treat this morning. Best known in the music world as an accomplished jazz trombonist, Corey King is ready to smash expectations with his eclectic debut solo album, Lashes. Having worked with notable names in jazz such as Esperanza Spalding, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gil Scott Heron, and Ledisi, as well as a who’s who of hip hop giants like DJ Premier, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Talib Kweli, King has done his time in the studio and on stage, and is ready to introduce us to his own body of work. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this is a brass album, King’s got more to offer than his than his trombone, and on Lashes he shares impressive singer-songwriter and keyboard skills.
“Ibaraki” is the lead single from the debut and should make it clear, while he may take inspiration from the many great artists he has worked with, this is his own sound. Named after the Northeastern area in Japan where it was written, the track is built around a thick guitar rift and thumping drum pattern, with occasional key flourishes and breaks to highlight King’s poetic lyrics. To start the second verse the guitar drops out and King sings over raw bass and drums giving his soulful vocals plenty of room to echo and resonate. You’re going to want to play this a few times, so get started now.