Chicago-based drummer and producer Makaya McCraven is one of the leading jazz artists on the planet and Mak Attack is the first single from the new album Universal Beings E&F Sides – adding another part to an already modern classic. It was recorded at The Total Refreshment Centre Studios in London, also featuring UK talents Nubya Garcia on saxophone, Ashley Henry on rhodes piano and Daniel Casimir on double bass.
It’s a soundtrack to the Universal Beings documentary film, directed by Mark Pallman, which follows Makaya to Los Angeles, Chicago, London and New York City for a behind the scenes look into the making of the artist’s breakthrough album, his life, and the community of musicians that make International Anthem Recording Company so globally significant. The Universal Beings documentary and E&F Sides album will be released on July 31st for the label.
Universal Beings E&F Sides presents fourteen new pieces of organic beat music, cut from the original sessions that produced one of the best jazz albums of 2018 – revered by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, Stereogum, Billboard, SPIN, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and more. Universal Beings was recorded at four sessions in New York, Chicago, London and Los Angeles, and featured label crew Brandee Younger, Tomeka Reid, Dezron Douglas, Joel Ross, Shabaka Hutchings, Junius Paul, Nubya Garcia, Josh Johnson, Jeff Parker, Anna Butters, Carlos Niño and Miguel-Atwood Ferguson – all of which feature on the forthcoming album at the end of the month.
Earlier this year Makaya released a commemorative project Gil Scott-Heron’s We’re New Again, a reimagining of Gil’s final album I’m New Here.