Even if you’ve never made your way over to the west coast or cruised through the streets of Crenshaw, super producer and musician Terrace Martin has a way of mentally and melodically transporting us all to his hometown. His latest EP Village Days is no different and features a few of the collectives with whom he has created some of his best work. Together, they take us through a range of themes and emotions, ensuring a smooth transition between each one with touching and timely spoken word pieces by singer/songwriter/poet Wyann Vaughn.
As every Sounds of Crenshaw project effortlessly exudes the spirit of his beloved city, it is only right that he kick things off with tales of the “Neighborhood” with the help of Kent Jamz and Nick Grant. Though it is difficult to select an overall standout, perhaps the most striking is the soul-stirring jazz instrumental “The Voice of Nipsey,” spotlighting his Gray Area quartet. What the track lacks in lyrics is more than made up for in rousing energy. Once our hearts slow from racing, we are grateful for the free-flowing affirmation of “Money Up” featuring Rexx Life Rai, before we're treated to a complete and cleansing exhale via Martin’s brilliant cover of Brandy’s “Always On My Mind,” laced by the angelic voice of Alex Isley. Dinner Party leaves their mark on the contemplative title track before we sink deep into a vibe courtesy of The Pollyseeds on “Never Saw it Coming” featuring Zyah Belle and Chachi. Alex Isley appears once more and ends the project on a fitting and festive high note with her flawless rendition of the seasonal classic, “The Christmas Song.”
Accept the gift of Terrace Martin’s Village Days EP as “something to play for the holiday season and beyond.” Be sure to add the full project to your collection from your preferred digital platform and revisit his previous releases on his website.