It’s hard to believe that Early Riser is in fact Taylor McFerrin‘s debut album! From last year’s announcement of him signing to Brainfeeder (home to Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and RYAT), we knew it would be a perfect union and Early Riser is testament to that.
Everything about Early Riser is lush, from the choices of collaborators with the contemporary jazz of Robert Glasper and the layered basslines of Thundercat on “Already There,” to Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) signature vocals on “The Antidote,” and “Decisions” with Emily King — this album is simply a breath of fresh air. “Place in My Heart” featuring label mate RYAT further confirms McFerrin‘s ability as a versatile producer. His father, Bobby McFerrin graces the album with his sensational improv vocal on “Invisible / Visible” which also features pianist composer Cesar Camargo Mariano. On “Florasia,” a tracked you’d imagine Dwele singing over, McFerrin takes the position of lead vocal, yet remains understated so the simple production can be appreciated. We can’t get enough of this one! Check out the three songs below, then head over to any one of these retailers: iTunes | Amazon | Ninja Tune to buy your copy!