Early Riser Brain­feeder ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

Fly­ing Lo­tus’s Brain­feeder la­bel has be­come a five-star lodg­ing for mav­er­ick mu­si­cians. So it makes sense for Brook­lyn pro­ducer Tay­lor McFer­rin to pitch up here. Early Riser smartly blurs the lines be­tween a myr­iad of sounds with­out los­ing its foot­ing. Soul and jazz grooves work out their kinks in­be­tween elec­tron­ics, beats and psych shim­mies, all con­tribut­ing to a lovely, oc­ca­sion­ally stun­ning drift from pil­lar to post. Post­par­tum is a good ex­am­ple of McFer­rin’s hand­i­work, its slow swell of keys and gui­tars shim­mer­ing away neatly, while Al­ready There and The An­ti­dote are richly em­bel­lished frame­works for show­ing his smarts as an ar­ranger. Laced with cameos from McFer­rin’s fa­ther Bobby, Thun­der­cat, Robert Glasper, Ryat and Nai Palm, Early Riser is mu­sic will make sense at any time of the day. twit­ter.com/ tay­lorm­c­fer­rin

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