The New York Times calls him “[a] remarkable, articulate player with a diverse résumé across jazz, hip-hop and indie rock,” The NYC-based drummer and vocalist KASSA OVERALL will be hitting the road to premiere music from his forthcoming debut project “The Blue Album” and to perform material from his much buzzed-about release “Drake It Till You Make It”, which premiered last month on Okayplayer. “[His] commitment to fusing jazz and hip-hop aligns him with the likes of Robert Glasper, but with a bit of syncopated J Dilla-electro flair,” wrote Okayplayer. Overall’s forthcoming album showcases his dazzling musical breadth, and features contributions from some of the finest names in jazz including Roy Hargrove, Jon Batiste, Aaron Parks, Sullivan Fortner, Carmen Lundy, and Theo Croker. This project features Overall in a number of roles, including drummer, producer, and vocalist. Overall himself describes the effort as geared towards “thinking listeners who feel conflicted about loving Drake but also need something with sonic depth and creativity.”
Overall’s recent releases reflect his wide-ranging talents; while percussion is his main focus, Overall has a passion for electronic-based production and often incorporates the use of laptops and samplers into his music. He’s performed with a formidable list of artists, including Christian McBride, Donald Byrd, Vijay Iyer, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Francis & the Lights, Yoko Ono, Marc Ribot, Mayer Hawthorne, Wallace Roney, Ravi Coltrane, Gary Bartz, and many more. He spent several years as a key member of pianist Geri Allen’s Timeline band and appears regularly with trumpeter Theo Croker (whose last album he co-produced) and singer Carmen Lundy. As a rapper and producer, Overall has collaborated with the hip-hop outfit Das Racist, and is a member of the duo Kool & Kass with former Das Racist member Kool A.D. He also DJs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s house band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human.
Soulful. Bumpin’. Sophisticated. It’s hard to describe with one word the sound of Young Bull, an electro-R&B trio based in Durham, North Carolina. With over 500,000 plays on Spotify and an acclaimed album, “Sopadelic,” dropping last year, Young Bull is making moves in the music world, drawing comparisons to The Internet and Anderson.Paak. Comprised of former high school basketball teammates Tahmique Cameron, Gabe Fox-Peck and now added Raleigh-based rapper Christian Sinclair, Young Bull has a deep chemistry, capping off a series of high-energy live shows with a sold-out album release party at their premier hometown venue, Motorco Music Hall. Now, with a brand new music video, a string of magazine features, and a brigade of online supporters, Young Bull is setting out to spread their musical message to the world.