Friday Beats Fresh Espresso
Article from Chase Jarvis Blog
Here’s another joint from the Capital Hill Block Party episode of chasejarvisLIVE we hosted back in July. Fresh Espresso is the delightfully dope combo of P Smoov and Rik Rude. These Michigan natives have been bringing beats to Seattle with their many musical collaborations for years. Most notably the MCs have mixed it up with P Smoov’s other well-known Seattle group Mad Rad. On Fresh Espresso’s latest album, Bossalona, P Smoov makes the beats, raps, and sings. Rik Rude raps. Trent Moorman rips up the drums and Terry Radjaw is the DJ. This album has been getting great reviews. Here’s a quote from Seattle’s best curator of new music – KEXP.
This is another smooth and smartly crafted set of hip hop incorporating elements of electro, jazz, R&B and other styles. Its a fun yet substantial set with synth-driven tracks featuring a variety of funky beats and occasional horns and other instrumentation accompanying the duos colorful and sometimes poignant rhymes. -Don Yates KEXP
Smoov and Rude’s set on cjLIVE was full of irreverence, masterful tethered samples, witty lyrics and moved along with smooth beats. It was a pleasure having these guys on – and their continued collaborative and creative output in Seattle-based groups continues the enlightened tradition of “206″ musicians sharing their talents with each other.
Without a doubt, the audience is the beneficiary of this attitude of sharing. Call it musical transparency. Everyone wins.