Two moments come to mind, when I think about Marcus Machado.
The first is when he did a live performance at socially acclaimed NYC Friday night spot Soul In The Horn for a release or something, can’t quite remember.
The way he made the guitar sing that evening was one of those things where if you love music, you couldn’t help but to be mesmerized by the lifelike cry of each stringed note.
It was very Hendrix like.
From that point on, I regarded him as Hendrix Jr.
The second time, was during a music session with Soul In The Horn’s curator D. Prosper. I’d play tracks thinking it’s straight fire lol and then he’d ‘G check‘ me, like, listen to this… then this dope as fuck track would come on that would have me salivating. We are lover of sound, so this is natural.
Prosper was a tastemaker before taste-making was ever a thing, his ear is perfect for spotting future sounds that would go on to become influential. He warned me that Machado was gonna be a problem and went on to play some incredible shit that blew my mind.
So I see a post from Marcus Machado, excited cause I’ve been waiting to review his dope soul. He’s everywhere playing with Jamie Lidell, Pete Rock and many others so time is of essence with his busy schedule.
I hit em up like “yo i gotta review that track”, boom and he’s like “word thx” boom boom and I get a link for the track “I CAN’T LOSE“.
Everything about the track is right.
It’s a patient, soul stirring song thats bound to make one internalize there priorities. The bluesy vibes is gorgeous and grimy.
The vocalist Jermaine Holmes carefully lyrics balances, pain with determination as Marcus Machado sets the ambience. The solo’s are magically pleasant and not over the top. The drummer, that tight snare just knocks.
It sounds like it should have started off season 5 of Power, a yo 50…
Definitely check this joint out and let this be your next workout/driving/chilling track.
Here are a few more clips of Marcus Machado.
and that’s #thebrooklynword.
Repping at the Garden. I was waiting for him to light that shxt on fire and smash it, but that might have caught fans off guard.
Throwback Machado going Apeshit.
Machado being blessed with playing at the Hendrix Flat Sessions.
and lastly had to throw the GangStarr joint up with him and Daru. His drumming partner in crime and shine. Love the energy between them, Daru is another Master of The Craft.
Their vibes works every sound. Catch em at the Blue Note w/ Pete Rock.
And then there are these personal practice session.
The minds of those that create sonics like this for the culture, must be embraced for our future depends on it.
…and that #thebrooklynword.