LOOPRAT’s album “How Live?” is a captivating fusion of jazz and hip-hop, featuring the unique sound of an 11-piece live band. Released on August 26, 2016, the album showcases the band’s diverse talents and musical influences. Recorded, mixed and mastered by the skilled hands of Matthew Sawicki, the album is a testament to the band’s commitment to high-quality sound production.
The album opens with “The New Edition”, a groovy and melodic track featuring the band’s instrumentalists and MC’s trading verses over jazzy horns and a catchy beat. “Life’s Work” follows with a smooth and introspective flow, while “All The Way Live” highlights the band’s exceptional live performances and tight grooves. “Live and Learn” slows things down with a contemplative tone and thoughtful lyrics.
One of the standout tracks on the album is “Through The Gradient”, an epic 8-minute journey through shifting rhythms and dynamic melodies, showcasing the band’s incredible range and musical dexterity. The album also features brief interludes like “Mind That I Found Mine” and “Always Never There”, adding a layer of depth and atmosphere to the overall listening experience.
The production of “How Live?” is exceptional, highlighting the band’s live sound and capturing their energy and creativity in the studio. The album’s diverse tracks showcase the band’s versatility and musical prowess, solidifying their status as one of the most exciting live acts in the Saint Louis music scene.
Overall, “How Live?” is an impressive album that showcases LOOPRAT’s unique sound and exceptional musicianship. It’s a testament to the band’s dedication to their craft and their commitment to high-quality sound production, all captured masterfully by the talented Matthew Sawicki.