PREMIERE LIVE CUT OF 2ND EXIT’S ‘SAY IT IS’ (FT JORDAN RAKEI)
The Valve Mastered 7s series is a collection of live studio recordings from the Gearbox studios in London, utilising their famed all-valve (tube) signal chain. With the recorded genres ranging from post-bop jazz to traditional Cuban music to hip-hop, the series is an opportunity to explore different styles of music from various artists. The “cut live” means that listeners can hear the band in a room, capturing a special moment in time.
2nd Exit is Alfa Mist and Lester Duval’s duo project, which marries together lo-fi hip hop samples and blissful jazz progressions, occasionally underscored by soulful vocals from Kaya Thomas-Dyke.
Whilst the duo typically make all their beats electronically, with drums programmed by Lester, this recording was an opportunity to play their music live. The pair, both fans of The Roots, like their music to be “as live and realistic as possible.”
The one-off line-up was an organic grouping of musicians who had previously collaborated with each other, or as Duval describes it, “a group of guys who were around.” In this instance, Jordan Rakei on fender rhodes, Alex Crawford on guitar, James Creswick on bass guitar, and Fabio De Oliveira on drums.
Complex premiered ‘Say It Is (Cut Live At Gearbox)’, saying it “plays out just as it should, like a group of supremely talented friends jamming out and seeing where it takes them.”
These recordings, cut live at Gearbox’s all-analogue studio, were done using Mark Ronson’s Zelig studio at the time. Another special aspect includes the somewhat unusual mic technique whereby the performance is captured by a trio of fine vintage ribbon mics, loosely based on a Decca Tree format.
‘CUT LIVE AT GEARBOX’ PART 1
1. 2nd Exit – Say It Is
2. Gerard Y Su Rumbache – El Mayoral
3. The Jazz Defenders – Brown Down
4. Jonathan Hill (2 track Single)
i) Vivaldi – ‘L’estate (Summer) – from Concerto No.2 in G Minor
ii) As I Sat Down By A Lake (Nicholas Lloyd Webber)
5. Shez Raja – Quiverwish