Delta Nové released their eighth studio album, a 16-song double LP titled Beyond. Relix exclusively premiered the full album earlier this week.
For Delta Nove, the past decade has been both transformational and tragic. Following their latest record, Imaginary Conversations, Jambase’s “Road Warriors of the Year” alums have chosen to slow down their once relentless touring schedule to stay closer to home, focusing on their families and individual careers while continuing to collaborate as Delta Nove.
With a recording studio in Long Beach, California, and a core of seven musicians who had become the band’s most cohesive unit, Delta Nove was set to record and tour in support of a highly anticipated new album. in 2018. Unfortunately, that plan fell apart shortly after the album’s basic tracking ended when drummer, co-vocalist and major songwriter Dominic Feedam was diagnosed with cancer. After a fierce battle with illness, Dominic lost his life in 2019.
Delta Nove has called on its most loyal fans to collaborate with them on a music video for their song Big Sky, a Dominic Feedam composition that has become a staple of the band’s gigs over the years. This video serves as both a tribute to Dominic’s memory and a love letter between the band and its fans.
With the initial shock and grief over, Dominic’s “musical family” decided to honor his late brother by completing the album they had worked closely together to write. So, in 2020, the surviving members got together to pick up the pieces, go back to the studio and finish the record; But as soon as they started, the whole world stopped because of COVID. Despite the challenges posed by a pandemic, the band continued, holding sessions with one or two masked musicians until all overdubs and production were complete. With the album finally complete despite all odds, but with many questions remaining as to “what comes next”, Delta Nove named the album Beyond.
Delta Nove’s eighth album, Beyond, is the passionate expression of a band at its most evolved level. The double LP exemplifies the distinctly diverse “world-funk” sound that Delta Nove has honed over more than two decades of playing together. Delta Nove’s live performances, affectionately dubbed “the D-No Show” by fans, are legendary in circles for taking dancers on a musical journey of globetrotting styles. This 16-song, 80-minute offering is inspired by those live sets, seamlessly blending heavy funk, roots rock, reggae, Brazilian rhythms, afrobeat, and improvised psychedelic explorations.
To add even more depth to the album, the band called on some of the friends they made over two decades of touring; These world-class guest artists include funk legend Fred Wesley (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic), whose signature sound is on display during the classic-sounding instrumental jam Money Funk. Several guest percussionists feature on the record, including Jiro Yamaguchi (Ozomatli), whose syncopated tabla beats bring a world-music flavor to modern go-go track Feet on the Ground, and Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident, EOTO ), who takes his djembe solo to a huge set of Brazilian percussion on the roots samba-reggae original Samambaia. The powerful voice Adryon DeLeon (Orgone) is also present, who brings his soulful harmonies to four songs. And finally, original Delta Nove saxophonist and fan favorite Rob Covacevich reunites with his former musician brothers for a guest feature on the re-imagining of Fela Kuti’s band of Upside Down; aptly titled Downside Up.
Fortunately, basic monitoring for Beyond was finished before Dominic Feedam became too ill to play and sing. Thus, Dominic is present on all sixteen songs, and his performance is simply inspired; almost as if he was aware that this album would be his parting gift to his musical family. While many questions remain about “what lies beyond” for Delta Nove, the band hopes this album will serve to honor the memory of their beloved brother Dominic and bear witness to the endless pursuit of always going to the -of the.
About Delta Nove:
Born in a garage in Long Beach, California, Delta Nove have been doing some serious work since their first independent release in 1998, leaving a trail of deep funk, thundering Brazilian drums, fat horns and psychedelic exploration everywhere they go. . After more than 1000 shows across the United States, 8 independent releases and years of musical evolution, the band has truly grown into a singular powerhouse of sound and rhythm.
The live show is where the band shines, connecting with their energy to the audience, never failing to drag them into a full dance party. Each show features a unique set pulled from an extensive catalog of original material and unique covers, sprinkled with plenty of improvisation and on-site creativity.
Delta Nove continues to create its unique original music year after year and has helped define the sound of Southern California music and culture, as well as international cross-cultural pollination. With a long and storied journey spanning many years across cities, states, festivals, perks and beyond, Delta Nove has no intention of stopping to ignite crowds with its patented form of global funk.