Based out of San Francisco, Extra Classic is a unique live band formed with a keen appreciation of vintage reggae & vintage sounds. The aesthetic, and certainly the skilled method of their production, is an ode to the art of that classic style as referenced to the term coined by the Cool Ruler himself. Recording in their own studio, Nopal Recording, the band employs a taster’s choice of analog equipment and is devotedly tracked, spliced and mixed in-house direct to tape. However, as the group’s name itself implies, there is a dose of something extra and new in this swirling mixture of space echo, heavy phase, and emotive, psychedelic California-soul.
Built upon the rock of an early-era dancehall swing, their first single in conjunction with Brooklyn-based imprint Names You Can Trust entitled In This Life, is a perfect slice of lover’s rock gone sideways, a decidedly left-coast piece of roots and bliss driven by Adrianne’s lovely lead vocals and the steady, dusty echoes of the locked in players. Presented in the traditional format with a B-side version as per NYCT fashion, the dub mix incorporates a soothing dose of synare beams and underwater instrumental dreams.
released September 30, 2016
Written by Adrianne & Alex deLanda
Produced & Record by Extra Classic at Nopal Recording, SF.
Adrianne deLanda - Vocals & Keyboards
Alex deLanda - Bass & Guitar
Michael Jirkovsky - Drums
Josh Miller - Guitar
Aaron Deer - Keyboards
What a wonderful surprise it was to hear the Cuban song "El Carretero" on an album of Senegalese music! I'm familiar with the song from a modern hiphop-ified version on Putumayo's "Latin Groove" CD but this older, more traditional recording is pretty special in its own right. There are so many other great songs here, too. Scott