Ah, it’s springtime once again and gentle breezes, blooming flowers and blue skies take over for Old Man Winter; however, Mother Nature’s beauty is always best complimented by an equally appealing soundtrack. I’m not referring to birds chirping or children playing in the park. Although these are beautiful sounds, the moods I’m leaning towards are fresh and upbeat, full of positive musical light, which are the core traits of springtime music and of Mark de Clive-Lowe‘s newest album Tide’s Arising, who has managed to capture and bottle those feelings into a compact disc.
A major figure in the broken beat/nu-jazz movement, blending jazz, ethnic music and urban grooves into a fresh 21st Century flavor, Mark de Clive-Lowe has stamped his sound on over 100 releases over the past 6 years. Collaborating with the likes of Kenny Dope, DJ Spinna, Bugz In The Attic, and soul legend Leon Ware, de Clive-Lowe’s newest album features a “who’s who” of guest artists including Bembe Segue, Abdull Shyllon, and Capitol A [The Roots/Jazzanova/Sylk 130].
“Tide’s Arising” is vibrant, sassy, funky and highly original cosmic soul music, and is sure to please fans of artists such as Sa-Ra, Jazzanova & Master’s At Work. Pick up a copy of this album for your next rooftop party or a mountain drive, and remember to pull it out when the snows come once again and Old Man Winter is overstaying his welcome, causing you to miss our warm spring days.