Drums….drums can make or break a track. When Stro Elliot, producer for The Procussions, remixes a track there is always one constant, THE DRUMS ARE BANGING. This is as sure as the sun rising in the east and setting out west. Mackenzie is an up and coming vocalist from Los Angeles, CA. He voice is nearly flawless, his song writing is on point. Together the two take us on a trip through the cosmos on the back of a Luck Dragon. The milky way is the backdrop and aurora borealis tour guide. Enjoy.
Okay people, let’s get this out of the way real quick. This song is not going to die. It will be around forever, ever. Forever, ever? Forever Ever! Pharrell knew exactly what he was doing with “Happy” and has indeed created a movement. It has received MULTIPLE mixes, from all over the world, people have even made their own videos, which brought Skateboard P to tears on the Oprah show by the way. I’ve heard several dope mixes, the Keith Sweat one that got played for me the other night is one of them. That was a great mash-up. Here is another GREAT mix from Procussions’ producer/emcee Stro Elliot. It embodies a lot of the same hand clapping head nodding elements of the original while bringing it’s own vibe and style to the track. It works so well that if it were played in a room full of people nobody would probably even notice it was a mix, they’d most likely treat it like it was the actual track. That’s pretty impressive.
Taken from their Self-titled release, “The Fringe” is the kind of track from we have come to expect from Mr J Medeiros and Stro Elliot known collectively as The Procussions. Check it out and see what Brother ?uestlove was talking about on twitter.
— Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) February 3, 2014
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Ozay Moore, formerly known as Othello 1/3 of the Lightheaded (Ohmega Watts + Braille + Othello) crew, teams up with Stro Elliot of The Procussions for “Don’t Cry”. Boom bap + soulfulness x fresh bass line = this track. Ozay will be releasing Taking L’$ on Mellow Orange this year. You don’t have to wait to own this track though, it’s available for free download.
The Procussions’ self titled third release was one of the most complete albums of 2013. Today, Mr J Medeiros and Stro Elliot released a remix to one of their strongest songs from the album, “Phantasm” which features 20Syl of the French Hip-Hop Juggernaut Hocus Pocus. Remixed by producer Atom!, it gets an edgier electronic reboot. Since Stro Elliot handles the groups production, it’s always interesting to hear what other people do when remixing their songs.
Stro Elliot of the Procussions sat down with DJ MZA and Ebo for an episode of Soul Circle Radio a couple months back to discuss the new Procussions album as well as lay down a rare DJ set.
The Procussions, off the heels of their new self-titled album, release a new in 5th entry in their Pro-Exclusive series. The series is an effort to connect with their fans by offering free songs which were not intended in to be included on any projects. The result here is “Lush”, a song in response to the rising troubles of sexual exploitation. Mr J Medeiros has a history of tacking the subject. On his 2006 release Of Gods and Girls, he recorded Constance (Click here for the video), the story of a 13 year old Filipina being sold for sex. Alice Amelia sings beautifully and hauntingly on the hook “It’s the eyes that betray you. They were never your best friends. Two liars with the same truth. But the touch don’t pretend”. It’s an industry that destroys and it’s consuming at an alarming rate. I applaud anyone who steps up and addresses these issues.
Then going by just Poems, the L.A. Symphony fam, also known as Sharlok Poems, dropped his album Blooming Sounds, a really solid project in my opinion. This single featured production and vocals from Stro Elliot of the Procussions. Classic Stro production fusing jazzy harmony with hip-hop drums, creating a beautiful feeling track. Poems rhymes effortlessly over the beat crafting his rhythmic definition of what “Love” is. Shout out to White Chedda (Tasha), Ganksta azz Sam who round out just a sample of the beautiful women who blessed the video.
Let me get this straight, this is a Procussions’ track, period. I’ll accommodate the powers that be by separating the two, but it’ll go into my iTunes as such. It’s really good to hear these two rapping together. What’s more hip-hop than hating one’s job? Very interested in hearing if and when the new Procussions project will see the light of day…….