by Ol’ Burger Beats

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Loft is an instrumental hip hop album inspired by the free and spiritual jazz played by the New York loft movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A difficult time, where economic decline and poorhousing politics somehow led to some amazing, innovative music, often self-recorded to cassette tapes.

This music was recorded to tape on a loft as well, far away from the original loft scene. Written during the corona pandemic, this album also emerged from a difficult time. The do-it-yourself spirit and freedom of the loft movement inspired this process a lot, and it was recorded mostly with instruments from that era. There are no static BPMs or software instruments on this LP, everything is kept as analog and authentic as possible. Vintage electric pianos, tape loops and hardware effects emulate the sounds of the 1970s and the aesthetics of hip hop sampling.

The album features independent jazz legends Idris Ackamoor, Ralph Thomas and Wendell Harrison. Chicago-born Idris Ackamoor was a founding member of The Pyramids, an influential jazz ensemble that was formed in the 1970s, and still releases critically… more
releases January 21, 2022

Manufactured & distributed by HHV.

Ralph Thomas plays flute, alto saxophone and vibraphone.
Wendell Harrison plays clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone.
Idris Ackamoor plays tenor saxophone.

Ol’ Burger Beats plays: Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer 200A electric pianos, Sequential Prophets, ARP Odyssey and Moog synthesizers, ring modulator and delay pedals, tape loops, vinyl percussion samples, drum machines and various percussion instruments.

Recorded in Vatne and Oslo, Norway in 2020.

Written, produced and mixed by Ol’ Burger Beats.
Mastered by Sven Friederichs
Artwork by Ole-Birger Neergård