Download: TENSEI // II

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“After the release of their EP One, Tensei, which consists of Chicago based musicians Simple X and Midas Wells, have released their second instrumental effort, Two on LA based label, Plug Research.

Inspired by ‘70s soul, afro-funk, and themed soundtracks that recall espionage, Twobuilds from the experimental hip-hop inspired beats of One. However, Two takes the groove deeper with its jazzy inflections, ethnic rhythms, cosmic electronics, and live instrumentation making it a bit more soulful and funkier.

The one vocal track, “Think Twice,” which features multi-instrumentalist Khari Lemuel of TheOnes and Jae Franklin is an ode to the infectious soul classics of yesteryear with a modernized twist while “Passport,” which was featured on the Plug Research Compilation, is a an exquisite soundbed filled with lush pleasantries. And while this is Tensei’s second formal release, it still marks the beginning for the artists so journey with them as they continue on a path that pushes the limits and boundaries of hip hop inspired beat making and production to higher elevation.”

All tracks written, produced, arranged and mixed by Tensei at the Hot Box, Chicago IL

Harp – Brandee Younger
Strings – Khari Lemuel, Savoir Faire
Trumpet – Kafele Bandele
Sax – Fred Jackson
Flute – Khari Lemuel, Fred Jackson
Guitar – David Taylor, Greg Firak
Sitar – Tyler Randall
Keys/Synths – Tensei, Greg Spero
Background Vocals – Jae Franklin, Yaw, Khari Lemuel, Astrobal
Percussion – Tensei
Programming – Tensei
Lyrics for Think Twice written by C. Kramer & J. Tubbs
Lyrics for Out of Bounds written by S. Howton


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One thought on “Download: TENSEI // II

  • May 16, 2012 at 03:30

    Hey ya’ll! Get ready for some new and amazing tunes! TRAVIS PORTER has an album coming out called “From Day 1” on the 29th of May, and you can now pre-order it on iTunes: ! Let me know what you think of it once you get it!

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