Corey King carved his imprint by being one of the most highly-regarded trombonists today. Having backed some of the most recognizable names from Esperanza Spalding, Dr. Lonnie Smith, DJ Premier, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Talib Kweli, the trombonist certainly has one of those “I’ve played with damn-near everybody” type résumés that every musician hopes and dreams to achieve.
Impressive CV and all, King recently stepped out from the horn-line and into vocal booth for his forthcoming debut record, Lashes. Set to drop on September 9 via Ropeadope, Lashes showcases King stretching out to sit behind keyboards and synths and flex his vocals muscles in an expansive record that showcases the breadth of his imagination as an artist.
“Ibaraki,” the first single off Lashes premiered a few weeks back via Mass Appeal and garnered some pretty high praises from the site. To add to the momentum built by the infectious first single, we’re premiering King’s newest single “IF” — a hypnotic 5-minute track that further cements Corey King as one of the best multifaceted artists out there.
Listen… we were already sold with “Ibaraki” (just read what we had to say about during a breakdown of upcoming LPs you should cop). But “If” peaks the interest of the listener just a little bit more as Jamire Williams‘ tastefully jagged beat and Alan Hampton‘s captivating bass groove blend together to create a trancelike quality that makes it easy for the listener to get lost and drift to another world created by all three men. Completed by King’s mesmerizing vocals — yo, those background vox figures with the delay FX that occur around the 2:30 minute mark are FIRE — and the swelling synth pads, King proves that he’s more than ready to take the next step as a solo artist.
Look below and listen to “IF” for yourself. Highly recommend that you block all distractions for a cool seven before you do so though. Why seven minutes when the song only clocks in a little over five? You’re going to need those extra two minutes to take it all in and figure out what just happened. Trust me.