Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Heritage

One of the musical highlights of my life was catching an early performance by the band of brothers (sons of Jazz legend Phillip Cohran) on the streets of their hometown Chicago.  True to their name I was hypnotized by their sound, equal parts Jazz and Hip-Hop, the most successful attempt at fusing the two styles I’ve ever heard.

Hypnotic recently released a new EP titled Heritage, interpretations of five tunes that inspired the band.  It’s brilliant stuff, but unfortunately it’s a vinyl only release so many listeners will never get a chance to hear it… so I’ve recorded some of the highlights direct from my vinyl copy.

My favorite track is their brilliant take on the Art of Noise classic Moments in Love, and it’s great to hear them revisit Outkast’s SpottieOttieDopaliscious, a staple of their early Chicago street performances.  I also love their version of Fela’s Water Get No Enemy. Listen to all below:

Moments in Love:


Water Get No Enemy:

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