Photography by Pavlo Borschenko from his “Sumy: Sorrow of my Days” series.
scarf landscape I by Posy Legge (2020)
scarf landscape II by Posy Legge (2020)
BRASS – Moor Mother and Billy Woods (2020)
Backwoodz Studioz (USA)
2. The Blues Remembers Everything The Country Forgot feat. Wolf Weston (of Saint Mela)
3. Maroons feat. Imani Robinson & Amirtha Kidambi
5. Arkeology feat. ELUCID
6. Blak Forrest feat. Fielded
7. Gang for A Day feat. Franklin James Fisher
8. Mom’s Gold
9. Chimney feat. Mach Hommy
10. Rock Cried
11. Scary Hours feat. John Forte
13. Tiberius feat. ELUCID
14. Giraffe Hunts
15. Portrait feat. Navy Blue
BRASS is a collaborative album from experimental musician and poet Moor Mother and the rapper billy woods (½ of Armand Hammer). After working together on Armand Hammer’s critically acclaimed 2020 LP Shrines, Moor Mother and woods released the song “Furies” for the Adult Swim single series in July. A whirl of interweaving allegories spun over producer Willie Green’s hypnotic flip of a Sons of Kmet sample, “Furies” was the burning arrow that both artists followed, the first crack of thunder in a blackening sky.
BRASS sees both artists joined by an eclectic array of friends, family, and legends- in some cases all three. John Forte, ELUCID, Amirtha Kidambi, Franklin James Fisher (Algiers), Mach Hommy, Imani Robinson, Wolf Weston (Saint Mela), Navy Blue, and Fielded all lend their voices to the project. Production by The Alchemist, Preservation, Moor Mother, Olof Melander, Child Actor, Navy Blue, Messiah Muzik, Steel Tipped Dove, and WIllie Green.
BRASS is a moment where two great artists in their own right tap into a new frequency together. Even for those familiar with both it’s an unexpected sound that, once heard, could never have been otherwise. It is both ethereal and utilitarian, timeless and timeworn. A cast-iron pot propped over a fire in the dark. A tropical beach shimmering with broken glass.
released December 18, 2020
All vocals by Moor Mother & billy woods, except where noted.
Mixed and Mastered by Willie Green @ The Greenhouse.
Chief Engineer Steel Tipped Dove.
Assistant Engineer Tevin Prince.
Executive Produced by Moor Mother & billy woods.
Art and Typography by Ashes57.
℗ & © 2020 Backwoodz Studioz. BWZ766.
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A mammoth effort from two vanguards of the contemporary underground. Billy Woods and Moor Mother, backed up by a slew of guest vocalists and producers, created an album that is sure to be spun for decades to come. There are too many good lines and legendary parts to pluck from this bird. A must listen for music lovers.