Herbie Hancock’s involvement with and admiration of the LA beat scene was solidified when he featured on Brainfeeder maestro Flying Lotus’ last project You’re Dead, but it looks like we may be getting some more collars from them in the future.
Hancock told Billboard that he’s reached out to Pharrell Williams, Lotus, and Thundercat in terms of new music for his forthcoming album, and even finds them to be kindred spirits. “There’s a scene that’s happening, kind of an underground movement that’s given partially to a connection to jazz or a new form of jazz,” Hancock explains. “It’s very difficult to definite because what’s involved is very often hip-hop and rap and electronics and jazz elements, classical elements. it’s pretty broad-based, very open. It touches on the experimental while at the same time touches on the street. So I’m very intrigued. I feel I have something that I might be able to kind of bring along and add a little bit to the sauce with a lot of these young voices, so let’s see what we come up with.”
I mean, these were the two men who turned Hancock onto J Dilla, so we’ll take any excuse to hear the logical progression from “Moment Of Hesitation.”