Brasstracks- For Those Who Know Part 1
For Those Who Know
Despite being known for their ebullient music, the duo reveals to me that they describe their sound as minimal. Both Rayne and Jackson learned their craft through jazz training—Jackson on trumpet and keyboard, and Rayne on drums. “We’re really inspired by hip-hop which is so minimal—there’s so much space,” explains Rayne. It seems as though Brasstracks is claiming some of that space with their take on the genre. Collaborations with The Underachievers, S’natra, BXRBER, Fatherdude, and Robert Glasper can be found on the first half of For Those Who Know—each song a unique blend of rich instrumentals over a rap flow. “We both rely on our jazz music training to the umpteenth degree… I don’t know if that’s a word, but now it is. We’re East Coast kids that like hip-hop and grew up on jazz.”
We eventually get around to talking about their new two-part EP after reminiscing about the band’s past experiences, eating lots of bread, and sharing what can best be described as a classy cheese blob. Revealing that they are still exploring their “sonic landscape,” they mention the EP is “for those who know we’re still figuring it out, that we like a lot of shit, that we love making music together that we can listen to on our own headphones and walk around New York City to; to those who know, we don’t give a fuck about trends, all that.” The contrast in the way Rayne and Jackson describe their work, wavering between poetic imagery and take-it-or-leave-it candidness, falls in line with the overall theme of their music—a cool, contrasting conversation between jazz and hip-hop.