The music you’re about to hear connects the dots between 1960s’ French experimental musique concrete and hard-hitting, New York-style instrumental Afro-funk. Listen to the Afropop exclusive premiere of the single, “Potato Brain,” from Les Yper Sound.
Les Yper Sound is a new project, the brainchild of drummer Miles Arntzen and sax player Jas Walton, founders of the now-defunct EMEFE, and current members of long-running Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas. Collaborations with the legendary producer Money Mark of the Beastie Boys and Ahmed Gallab–leader of Sinkane–turned this basement exploration into a full-fledged album project. Explorations in Drums and Sax comes out Nov. 4 on Figure and Ground Records.
“Potato Brain” is heavy instrumental funk tune, with some influences from Afrobeat. Living up to the name and aim of the record, the track is jumping with pocket-groove drums, blended with kitchen-sink percussion, and topped with layered saxophone lines and bubbling electronics.