Masego and Fire-Toolz
The R&B singer and Leon Bridges bandmate on the eve of his debut album, plus the Hausu Mountain producer on her genre-smashing sound.
Today’s show kicks off with an artist who is not simply pushing boundaries, but cutting, dragging, twisting, collaging, melting and mashing sonics into an entirely new species. Her name is Fire-Toolz, and according to her label Hausau Mountain, she is a “consciousness that has taken the physical form of a transfemme non-binary human named Angel Marcloid.” Last week she released her debut album, Skinless X-1, a perfect amalgamation of the most disparate of genres, running from spa music to black metal to jazz. Guest host Jordan Rothlein calls her up in Chicago this morning to unravel the complexities that define her music. Shifting gears, the Jamaican-born singer, rapper, DJ and saxophone player known as Masego has been bubbling up in the R&B world with his smooth-as-butter vocals, honey-coated productions and sultry-yet-spunky lyrics. He moved from a small town in Virginia to Los Angeles, where he found himself rubbing elbows with Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, J Cole and other heavy hitters; after years of perfecting his Caribbean-inflected style of R&B funk, Masego will release his debut album, Lady Lady, this week. He’ll speak on the lessons he learned along the way, the power of a good sax solo and what exactly is trap jazz.