Revivalist Video: Gizmo "Red Balloon" + New LP

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.Gizmo presents: Red Balloon

OKP is extremely excited to report that our runnin' buddies over at Revivalist are releasing the debut album of one Kenneth "Gizmo" Rodgers---vocalist, bassist and musical director for projects with Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello and Lalah Hathaway--on their site. Titled Red Balloon, the project is produced by Derrick Hodge (of Robert Glasper Experiment fame), which right off the bat tells you two things: 1) It's going to feature a great set of musicians and vocalists and 2) it's going to be a creative and hard-to-categorize fusion of jazz, hip-hop and experimental sensibilities. We could go on about Gizmo's frenetic creativity, how his sound combines dusted hip-hop drums, guitar sonics ranging from shoegaze to feedback and rambling monologues worthy of a Thelonious Monk documentary. But you can connect all those dots yourself simply by watching the video for the title track below. Check out more album details after the jump, stream the single on Gizmo's soundcloud and stay tuned for more!

Gizmo Presents: Red Balloon

“A labor of love recorded over the course of three years in Boston between gigs and classes at Berklee College of Music, the deeply personal album features an impressive cast of thousands including Anna Wise of experimental electronic Plug Research duo Sonnymoon, world renowned guitarist Ilann Bar-Lavi, Casey Benjamin of the Robert Glasper Experiment, accomplished pianist/ Berklee professor George Russell Jr, Downbeat magazine Rising Star drummer Jamire Williams and more.”

Gizmo- Vocals/Bass

Jamire Williams- Drums

Jake Sherman- Keys/Organ

Ilan Bar-Lavi- Guitar

Marcos Lopez- Percussion

Mario Castro- Sax

Lennie Doran-Trumpet

Chauncey Matthews- Background Vocals

Jazmin McCray- Background Vocals

William Gittens- Background Vocals

Co-Producer- Derrick Hodge

Engineers: William Wells, Jackie Sanchez

Mixer: Keith Lewis

Master: Dave Kutch @TheMasteringPalaace

props to Revivalist