Two years after DECADE, Italian collective Calibro 35 released a new album. Momentum is out now via Record Kicks. It features American rapper and producer Illa J and as the band stated: “it represents a look at nowadays and a reflection about making music right in the time that we’re living”. Listen below.
Inspired by the work of artists such as Tortoise, Jagajazzist, Dj Shadow, Budos Band, Stelvio Cipriani, Ennio Morricone, Sandro Brugnolini, White Noise, Comet is Coming, JPEGMafia and DJ Signify, compare to the previous Calibro 35’s full lengths on the 10 tracks that make up the new album band’s instruments and sounds have increased in number and complexity as the reality around has it too. The music palette is further extended by incorporating even more synths and electronic sounds, but keeping everything true and 100% real, with all the instruments played live and with no presets or programming. The two featurings on the album serve the cause as well. On the first single “Stan Lee” they’ve collaborated with rapper, producer and songwriter Illa J a former member of super group Slum Village and younger brother of the late legendary hip hop producer and rapper J Dilla. On “Black Moon”, the Milan combo provided the groove for London-based artist MEI. “If Decade was the sum of everything that the band had felt in the previous ten years” Calibro 35 says “Momentum is the prequel of what you will hear in the next ten”.