The Stuyvesants – “Refined” (Audio)

Summer is back. It’s a time for fresh air, love, walks, and new soundtracks. Brooklyn-based duo The Stuyvesants, consisting of music producer Allan Cole (Algorythm) and record collector Darien Birk (Flwrpt) first graced our speakers with their incredible instrumental, independently released LP Brooklyn’s Finest back in 2010, which was warmly received. The musically inclined and keen design team followed up with The Finer Things Vol. One and Vol. Two. Both Algorythm and Flwrpt have an incredible ear for loops, subtle changes, and smoothness. On their latest release Refined, you can hear influences from Patrice Rushen, Lonnie Liston Smith, Curtis Mayfield, and Maze. Their sound pays homage to the 70s but transposes that sound into one of their own. Refined features lush chord changes, seamless loops, and a signature flair that will please your eardrums.

In addition to their mood setting instrumentals, The Stuyvesants often collaborate with emcees, vocalists, and musicians alike particularly Fresh Daily on his “In the Stuy.”  Check out “Dapper” and “Portlyn” below, then head over to their website to stream Refined.

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