Single Premiere: “George the Revelator,” by Revelators Sound System

“George the Revelator,” the debut single by Revelators Sound System, a new experimental jazz project by MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger and Cameron Ralston from Spacebomb, is officially out today.

Just announced this morning, this new collaborative effort was captured between 2020 and 2021, at Taylor’s Durham, NC home and Spacebomb studio in Richmond, VA, where Ralston works as the studio’s go-to bassist.

Photo by Chris Frisina

The album combines Afrobeat rhythms with cosmic ambient music and spiritually-leaning nu-jazz. The track “George the Revelator,” which was initially inspired by George Floyd following his murder, is an especially heady brew of emotionally stirring strings, reverberating phased saxophones and a delicious funky beat. It’s a meditative piece that drifts far out into space, almost as if the group is stepping back far enough to view the entire planet or the entire species of man in order to process both the grief and the global community’s response to Floyd’s unjust death. It’s a moving tune that recalls the grooves of artists like Don Cherry, Bonobo and Alice Coltrane. Check out the song’s colorfully abstract video below:

For an intensely soulful jazz record that thrusts you far into both the cosmos and the deepest recesses of your emotional core, look no further than Revelators Sound System’s self-titled album. Click here to preorder it ahead of its June 17th release. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of Revelators will benefit Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.


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Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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