Written by Glo(w)
Nina Simone first declared it is the job of the artist to reflect the times. To embellish this already definitive statement, I believe it is the job of the artist to lead the masses to the future. That is the mark of a true innovator, a true creative. Innovation is not a solely attributed to those who are able to capture the images, sounds, and words of the current wave. Innovation requires the artist to push the culture forward, to serve as a soothsayer whose sole purpose is to lead all those with creative intent down the path of tomorrow. The ability to combine modern sounds with a true sense of newness is rare.
Chicago producer Monte Booker seamlessly creates the perfect afrofuturistic soundtrack. There’s no wonder why he has entered the realm of production dieties (Soulection) all while remaining the productional force behind music collective Zero Fatigue. Mixing ethereal, electric sounding synths with classic R&B chords, peppered with hip-hop bass lines, and sprinkled with traces of mechanical tinkering, Monte Booker has created an entirely new sound. His productions dare the listener to remain silent, to remain seated still as if the music was not directing them to a closer connection to the divine. No matter the season, these sounds embody the now and gives glimpses of tomorrow.
Close your eyes, prepare to leave the stratosphere, and get into this Monte Booker mix.