Klassik In The Making Album Review
Klassik, an artist out of Milwaukee, has a decidedly retro sound. His newest album In The Making (available September 25th), is a welcome counterpart to the tired auto-tune fad of recent years. Word on the street this Sconnie native has been in the lab penning these tracks for the past three years. We hesitate to throw him into the hip-hop genre, yet A Tribe Called Quest comes to mind. We can’t exactly call it R & B or jazz and yet, there is something akin to John Legend or Amos Lee. He is honey-voiced and less bombastic than Kanye (okay, so is anyone), with a cool-kid-from-the-block cleverness (ala Kid Cudi or Childish Gambino). He is a dude influenced by the late 80â€™s funk of De La Soul and something of a renegade in terms of music tastes (citing inspiration from the likes of Steely Dan, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Kanye and Hall & Oates).
He’s got the chops too; Klassik is classically trained. Klassik is widely influenced by all kinds of artists, and has been producing his own music since the age of 14. He also writes and produces all of his own material without sampling. Simply put, this Renaissance man is a tried and true original. He was tutored in his youth by Milwaukee jazz legend Berkeley Fudge on the alto saxophone and piano. Klassik is a multi-genre artist, already established within the Milwaukee music scene. Klassik’s eclectic style and innovative talent is opening up doors, too. He recently toured Europe playing the jazz festival route. Klassik has also shared the stage with the likes of Asher Roth, The Cool Kids, Rhymefest, and Lupe Fiasco.
A little bit hip-hop, a little bit of rock-n-roll. A whole lotta symphonic rap and soul. This nerdy-chic musician flexes brains over brawn and melody over money talk. Give In The Making a spin if: you like Kanye, but you’re not angry. Play â€œAnythingâ€ if: you get down to John Legend but your friends are coming over and you want to keep them to stay awake and partying. Give Enemy/Inner Me a spin if: you have ever thought Toro y Moi and Kid Cudi should totally collabo.