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Makaya McCraven
Universal Beings E&F Sides
International Anthem Recording Co.
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Release Date
July 31, 2020

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Press Release

A new project by Chicago-based drummer/producer Makaya McCraven. An addendum to his critically-acclaimed 2018 release Universal Beings, which The New York Times said "affirms the drummer and beatsmith's position as a major figure in creative music," Universal Beings E&F Sides presents fourteen new pieces of organic beat music cut from the original sessions, prepared and produced by Makaya as a soundtrack to the Universal Beings documentary film. Directed by Mark Pallman, the Universal Beings documentary follows Makaya to Los Angeles, Chicago, London and New York City for a behind the scenes look into the making of the artists breakthrough album, taking the viewer through the story of Makaya's life, his process and the community of musicians that helped bring this project to life. The Universal Beings documentary and Universal Beings E&F Sides album will be released on International Anthem.Named one of the best jazz albums of 2018 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 features some of the best "new" jazz players from those hot bed cities: Brandee Younger, Tomeka Reid, Dezron Douglas, Joel Ross, Shabaka Hutchings, Junius Paul, Nubya Garcia, Daniel Casimir, Ashley Henry, Josh Johnson, Jeff Parker, Anna Butters, Carlos Niño and Miguel-Atwood Ferguson - all of whom are on the forthcoming Universal Beings E&F Sides.

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Everybody Cool 4:36 Buy

    Everybody Cool

  2. 2 Half Steppin' 3:40 Buy

    Half Steppin'

  3. 3 Mak Attack 2:09 Buy

    Mak Attack

  4. 4 The Hunt 2:29 Buy

    The Hunt

  5. 5 Beat Science 3:55 Buy

    Beat Science

  6. 6 Dadada 2:06 Buy


  7. 7 Isms 3:15 Buy


  8. 8 Traveling Space 1:27 Buy

    Traveling Space

  9. 9 Kings and Queens 4:40 Buy

    Kings and Queens

  10. 10 The Loneliness 3:22 Buy

    The Loneliness

  11. 11 Her Name 3:13 Buy

    Her Name

  12. 12 Universal Beings Pt. 2 2:07 Buy

    Universal Beings Pt. 2

  13. 13 Butterss Fly 3:19 Buy

    Butterss Fly

  14. 14 The Way Home 2:59 Buy

    The Way Home

Makaya McCraven

International Anthem Recording Co.

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