Abstract Orchestra - New Day feat. Illa J (7")
Released on the 23rd of February on Leeds Jazz & Soul label ATA Records, “New Day” is the eagerly anticipated new single from Abstract Orchestra and features rapper and J Dilla’s brother Illa J on vocals. Supported by a U.K. tour with Illa J throughout February, “New Day” takes the blueprint laid out on last years LP “Dilla” and expands it with Illa J’s understated vocal delivery. Radio support anticipated from BBC6’s Gilles Peterson who has been an advocate for Abstract Orchestra on both his BBC6 and Worldwide FM shows, as well as Huey Morgan (BBC6), Shawn Lee (Soho) and Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s).
Led by Saxophonist Rob Mitchell, Abstract Orchestra have been a consistent presence on the u.k. music scene, touring constantly in promotion of their debut LP “Dilla” and steadily building a loyal and supportive fanbase. Inspired by the legendary live performances of The Roots with Jay-Z and the 40 piece orchestral arrangements by Miguel-Atwood Ferguson of the work of J Dilla, classic arranging techniques underpin modern loop-based structures, breathing new life into familiar material.
The band itself is based on the classic jazz big band instrumentation of saxes, trumpets and trombones and features the cream of the north of England’s jazz scene who collectively have played with Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Martha Reeves, John Legend & the Roots, Roots Manuva and Amy Winehouse.
“I really like it. It sounds like my brother’s record with respect to the pocket and swing of the music, yet they own it. They make it their own.” - Illa J
“New day” is the first original work by Abstract Orchestra and builds on the foundations laid on their debut LP “Dilla”. Flutes and electric piano lay out a gentle pad, propelled forward by Joost Hendrickx’s insistent drums. Occasional fragments of saxophones add an urgency to the insouciant groove laid out by the rhythm section as soft trumpets and trombones are gradually added to the flutes. This provides the perfect foil to Illa J’s laid back vocal delivery as he describes a typically relaxed tuesday morning spent contemplating the day ahead.
The B-side is the AO remix which takes the instrumental performances of the a-side, chopping and fragmenting them and re-framing the original with a slightly harder edge, which should be popular with those DJs and listeners looking for something with a tougher sound.