Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds
Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol. 1 ROPEADOPE. CD/DL/LP
LA group blurs boundaries between urban music styles. Created by producer/ multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin – who worked on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly album and has produced Herbie Hancock’s next LP – The Pollyseeds are a chameleonic collective of musicians, singers and songwriters from LA’s Crenshaw neighbourhood whose music defies easy categorisation. Unifying R&B, hip-hop, gospel and jazz into a coherent and seductive style, Martin and his cohorts embark on a journey of musical cross-pollination that follows in the wake of groundbreaking groups like Sweetback, Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, and Robert Glasper’s Experiment band. Glasper, in fact, adds his trademark Rhodes sound to a couple of louche R&B-infused grooves. West Coast sax star Kamasi Washington also contributes, but the album’s ethos is about teamwork rather than individuals, and on that level it succeeds magnificently.