Drummer, producer and emcee Kassa Overall – who uniquely weaves jazz, hip hop and rap – has announced the release of his new album, Animals.
The album, which is due out on 26 May via Warp, features contributions from Danny Brown, Shabazz Palaces, Vijay Iyer, Wiki, Laura Mvula, Lil B, Francis and the Lights, Nick Hakim, and more.
On the album, the Brooklyn-based artist engages with themes of race and mental illness. Kassa Overall said in a statement: “We call ourselves humans, right, but we kind of do animalistic shit towards each other. We justify immorality by almost stripping people of their humanity. He’s an animal, so we can treat him as such. All these different kinds of little questions in these songs point to questions about humanity: Am I free? Or am I a circus animal? These questions intersect with the way I think about race.”
Kassa Overall and his band recently performed a Tiny Desk concert. Check it out below.
Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about entertainments and storytelling of all kinds.