Although it’s only April, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is wasting no time with pumping out the trifecta of 2017 albums he promised. The talented multi-instrumentalist recently released Ruler Rebel, and now he’s set to deliver Diaspora on June 23rd. Today, he’s offered the self-titled first single from the project. Adjuah is capable of holding down a track by himself, but for “Diaspora” he teamed with frequent collaborator Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes, who’s gaining notoriety for her work with ATLien Future.
Pinderhughes, a talented flutist, played the enchanting melody of the Metro Boomin-produced “Mask/Off” for Future at Coachella, and seemingly brought some of hip-hop’s competitive spirit over to “Diaspora.” In the spirit of bar-trading wordsmiths—and the Jazz musicians–Adjuah and Pinderhughes seemingly collaborated and competed at once, with her flute and his trumpet play taking turns leading “Diaspora’s” buoyant soundscape. Over hip-hop inspired drums and evocative piano play, the two artists serenade with their instruments. Pinderhughes’ flute play glides above and through the crispy drums. Adjuah’s horn howls with a sanguine fury. The result is a breathtaking exhibition of the possibilities of genre-fusion.
Diaspora will be released via Ropeadope records. You can stream “Diaspora” below.