Four-time Grammy-winning, genre-defying musical collective Snarky Puppy’s new album Empire Central is out now via the band’s own GroundUP Music imprint. The album—which is nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards—is available to purchase/stream HERE.
In celebration of the recent release and Grammy nomination the band is debuting a live-in-studio performance video of their latest single “Pineapple” from the album’s recording sessions. The song’s co-writer and Snarky Puppy trumpet/flugelhorn player Mike “Maz” Maher notes that the single is “an upbeat dance track with a groove smack dab in the middle of house and new jack swing. Blistering improvisations propel the tune forward without departing from the fun danceability of the song.”
Additionally, the band is publicly releasing their new podcast Transmissions from Deep Ellum. Produced by Osiris Media and distributed by NPR affiliate WBGO FM, the podcast documents the writing, recording and creative process behind the new record. The podcast is available via all major podcast platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, as well as via Osiris Media.
Recorded over the course of eight nights in front of a live-in-studio audience at Dallas’ Deep Ellum Art Company, Empire Central consists of 16 all-new tracks heavily influenced by and paying homage to the city that gave birth to the group after they formed while studying in the fabled jazz program at the University of North Texas. The record also features the last recorded performance of ’80s funk pioneer and Snarky Puppy’s musical Godfather Bernard Wright, who passed away tragically at age 58 shortly after the Empire Central recording sessions.