Terrace Martin has shared his eclectic new EP Village Days, a genre-defying record that features diverse collaborations as well as input from Martin’s numerous musical projects.
The EP begins with low-key hip hop opener “Neighborhood” featuring Kent Jamz and Nick Grant, then does a complete 180 into the instrumental cacophony of “The Voice of King Nipsey,” courtesy of Martin’s jazz project Gray Area. The record mellows out on “Always On My Mind” thanks to Alex Isley’s delicate vocal contributions, before entering a brief lo-fi jazz-hop interlude on title track “Village Days” by Martin’s new supergroup Dinner Party.
Elsewhere, Zyah Belle and Chachi join Martin to croon over a thumping R&B beat on “Never Saw it Coming,” and the album closes out aptly with “The Christmas Song,” where Isley returns to lend her soothing pipes to a intriguing medley of festive standards. The quiet spoken-word segments that conclude each song help string the EP’s diverse offerings into an enigmatic narrative.
The ambitious project puts a bow on a productive year for Martin. Dinner Party, which he formed with Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and 9th Wonder, released their eponymous debut album in July. As a solo artist, he teamed up with Denzel Curry, Washington, G Perico and Daylyt for anti-police brutality anthem “Pig Feet”. In May, he released They Call Me Disco with Ric Wilson, a collaborative EP that featured the single “Chicago Bae.”
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