Daru Jones has built a career as one of the best drummers and producers in music, and his new #PregameVL1 beat tape with guitarist Marcus Machado reliably delivers.
The 33-minute tape sees Jones and Machado play live, instrumental renditions of classics by J Dilla, Madvillain, Jimi Hendrix, D’Angelo, Pete Rock and Prince. Together, they inject their own jazzy grooves into a set of tunes that listeners already know and love.
Michigan native Daru Jones is known for performing and recording with Okayplayer staples like Black Milk, Talib Kweli, Nas, and Esperanza Spalding. He may be most renowned as the drummer for Jack White, whose band he joined in 2010 after meeting him through Black Milk. Marcus Machado won Rolling Stone‘s Next Young Gun Contest in 2014.
Listen to #PregameVL1 below, and also check out a stellar outtake: a cover of D’Angelo’s “Another Life,” from his 2014 album Black Messiah.