Photo of Norvis Junior taken by Henny Harmon.
We’ve been trying to tell you about Norvis Junior for over a year now. Most recently, we spotlighted the Dallas, Texas multi-instrumentalist in our ‘17 Artists to Watch in 2017‘ post and now, he’s returned with a worthwhile premiere that pays tribute to a music legend gone too soon. Dubbed The Ultramate: Loofah Vandross, this 20-plus-minute beat tape continues the budding talent’s proclivity to display gratitude to an era’s most noteworthy voice, Luther Vandross.
“I was always perplexed by the knowledge that Luther Vandross was friends with Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles back in the day,” Norvis told us via email. “I just figured there is a bunch of trippy lo-fi Luther out there somewhere as a result. Like Batman Beyond-type techno with Luther runs for like eons. Just non-stop, ‘uo-uo-uo-OOOhs.” Norvis then linked up with Mrs. Moore Seals to get some never-before-heard stories to add a bit of aural bliss to the earholes.
The past few years has found Norvis Junior building on his career with props from The Fader, Wax Poetics and The Wire. He has released over 20 projects and his latest, Loofah Vandross, is totally worth listening too. With a plan focused on harnessing a dynamic and unique experience, Norvis Junior is spreading the love of balance, light, sound and good tunes to the world—and we’re all the better for it.