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4013The seventh album from producer Geoff Wilkinson’s hip-hop-jazz crew Us3 sees the introduction of 2 new young MCs hot off the streets of New York. Underground hip-hop fans should already know the name of 23 year-old Sene, and spoken word aficionados will certainly be aware of 20 year-old Brook Yung.

“These two cats are the youngest MCs I’ve featured on an Us3 album since Hand on the Torch”, says Geoff, “and it’s definitely upped the hip-hop quotient on this album”. With sounds ranging from the straight-up beatbox track “You Already Know” and the crunk-influenced “Turn It Up”, to the lush piano and shuffling drums of “The Love Of My Life” and the tense urban paranoia of “Gotta Get Out Of Here”, Us3 paint a wide picture of sounds.

A strong latin influence is prevalent in the vibes led party track “Can I Get It?”, the seductive horns of “I Let ‘Em Know” and the grooving wurlitzer bossa dance of “She’s With Me”. The tricky time signature changes in “Who Got Next?” have Sene effortlessly wrapping his twisting lyrical wordplay around a funky 4/4/3/4 groove. Collaborators from the jazz side include the familiar notable faces of Ed Jones (sax), Bryan Corbett (trumpet), Chris Storr (trumpet), and John Crawford (piano), while top turntablist DJ First Rate scratches up a storm.

The 8-piece Us3 live band will be supporting the release with a 21 date European club tour in April, with appearances at festivals throughout summer.


01. Gotta Get Out Of Here feat. Brook Yung
02. Life Love Music feat. Brook Yung
03. Can I Get It? feat. Sene
04. You Already Know feat. Brook Yung
05. From The Streets feat. Sene
06. Who Got Next? feat. Sene
07. B-Boys feat. Sene
08. The Future Ain’t What It Once Was feat. Sene
09. Don’t Waste Your Life feat. Brook Yung
10. The Love Of My Life feat. Brook Yung
11. Keep Movin’ feat. Brook Yung
12. Turn It Up feat. Sene
13. Got To Make A Livin’ feat. Sene
14. I Let ‘Em Know feat. Brook Yung
15. She’s With Me feat. Brook Yung & Sene

The album Us3Stop.Think.Run” (Us3) is going to be released April 03, 2009.

Live Dates:

20.04.2009 Hamburg, Fabrik
21.04.2009 Dortmund, Stroebels
22.04.2009 Frankfurt, Sinkkasten

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