Written by: Alex Green
Our Track of the Day today comes from the combo of the Manhattan-based artist Nevaris and the legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell.
Taken from the duo’s album Reverberations, “Interference” is a joyful blast of horny swagger, street dub and percussive soul. A rich and textured number, “Interference” is laced with turntables, bongos and beats and the result is an inspiring mix of funk and Afro-Latin grooves that are as rich as they are stirring. It’s hard to imagine another track that’s filled with such musical complexity and rhythmic finesse as “Interference.”
Of the track, Nevaris tells SEM:“‘Interference’ is my favorite track off ‘Reverberations’ and the video captures some of the energy of NYC that has been a part of my life for so long. The A train, the West Side Highway, 14th Street, 181 Street, and the studio in West Orange New Jersey are all captured here, in addition to the shots of 5 Pointz from the 7 train from when I was working out of LIC for a while. There’s an energy when you move through the streets of NYC, especially at night. I enjoyed trying to capture that a little bit through the video both in terms of sound and the visual elements. I hope people enjoy it.”
As for the album, Nevaris says: “This record builds on the momentum from ‘System Breakdown’ and ‘New Future’, which we released in 2020 and 2022 as Loud Apartment. There were dub aspects of those recordings, so Bill Laswell and I decided to create a recording entirely focused on that sound. It was a logical next step and came together in an organic way. We let the music go where it needed to go…It’s a dub-based project, with breakbeat, funk, ambient, and afro-latin elements. It’s rhythm based music where the pocket is essential. Lockatron is a huge part of that, as, of course, is Bill Laswell, DJ Logic and everyone else involved. Peter Apfelbaum’s horn arrangements are also a core aspect. In my mind, it’s a cohesive piece of music that is best listened to as a whole rather than as individual songs. And Bill takes it where it needs to go with the production like no one else really can.”
Reverberations is out on Laswell’s M.O.D. Reloaded.