Since releasing his acclaimed Venology six-tracker last year, it feels like Grammy-winning saxophonist and producer Venna has been on the ultimate victory lap, spreading his wings and just generally having fun with life.
Late last year, the London-born musician dropped off “Sicily’ Box”, a cosmic, almost spiritual jam with Yussef Dayes, Marco Bernardis and Rocco Palladino, and it sounds as if he’s had just as much fun with Masego and Mick Jenkins on his new joint “Casa Lopez”. It’s wholly different from “Sicily’ Box”, but it still has that intangible Venna sound coursing through its veins.
Naturally, with Masego and Jenkins in the booth, it’s much more rap-focused, albeit with light-footed jazzy melodies and the usual world-class musicianship. As Venna explains below, the track was originally conceived in East London before being finished out in LA, and both the jazz and rap sounds of both cities can be heard clear as day.
“‘Casa Lopez’ is a special one for the project,” says Venna. “I made the beat in my old studio in Hackney, with Charlie Stacey, when I first started making new ideas for the next body of work. I knew I needed someone crazy to bless the beat. [On my] first trip to LA, I linked up with the infamous Mick Jenkins and this was the first tune we made. I sat with the tune for a while and we both realised the record needed a different hook. On my second trip to LA, I linked up with my brudda, Masego, and the rest was history. [I’ve] got two artists that I’ve rocked with for a while on one record. Project soon land!”
While we wait to hear more on this mysterious new project, which is said to feature both “Sicily’ Box” and “Casa Lopez”, dive into the latter below.