“Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us.”
These words come from noted Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho’s book “Manuscript Found In Accra” and like the standout previous release, “Defeat”, was the inspiration for the track “Solitude” from the duo of accomplished Rap artist JSWISS and Grammy -winning trumpeter and producer, Michael Leonhart. It’s the fourth single release from their debut project, The Alchemy EP. Talented MC Dizzy SenZe also guest on this upbeat banger as classic hip hop drum flourishes and upright bass lay the canvas for top notch lyricism with a message as JSWISS spits affirmations like, “I’m clear of fear and the odds/Rebel without a pause/doing work on my spirit/never need the applause.” The Alchemy EP drops January 2021
“Solitude” is out now on all major platforms including Bandcamp:
“Only he who gives up is defeated/ The defeated are those who never fail / You don’t take the opportunity to lose / You don’t get the opportunity to win.”
Accomplished rapper JSWISS passionately proclaims those words over the horn and string-driven climax of “Defeat”, the single from he and Grammy-winning, producer, composer and trumpeter Michael Leonhart. This follow-up to their first two acclaimed singles, “BLACKOUT”and “On The Money” , “Defeat” is a hard-hitting, spirited and inspiring reminder that the true champions in life don’t run from failure, but overcome it. JSWISS and Leonhart with this track and the others have consistently crafted a trademark sound that is hip hop with a cinematic sheen that brandishes top shelf lyricism, performance and musicianship. “Defeat” is also one of three songs inspired by themes from award-winning author Paulo Coelho’s book “Manuscript Found In Accra”, all of which appear on the duos’ upcoming 5-song release, “The Alchemy EP”, which drops in January 2021.
Check out the compelling video compliment for the anthemic track below:
The belief or even assertion by many artists that their job is to speak to the times in which they live is being vehemently backed up and on display these days. Needless to say, there is much to say, challenge and chronicle in the face of the grand adversity 2020 has unearthed or unmasked, as is the case with the habitual racial injustice and heinous killings experienced by people of color in America. What artists have produced has taken on many forms – rage, sorrow, frustration, confusion and more. When accomplished vocalist and songwriter Marlon Saunders was last interviewed here in 2016, his track, “The People Are Ready To Dance Again,” in true artist form, was a much needed lift of spirits and hope in response to the abundance of “hate, anger and fear” that he then maintained lives amongst us. It was also an astute suggestion to get your good times in especially since the track dropped Nov. 10th 2016, the day after the presidential election. Let that marinate for a moment.
Saunders has returned again, reflecting times that unfortunately haven’t changed much for the better or for many at all, with the haunting track, “Dark Day.” Far from the jubilant groove of “The People Are Ready To Dance Again,” “Dark Day” is a true, soul-stirring, and stark rendering of what’s happening to black lives at the hands of racial hatred and discrimination, helmed by Saunders with an assembly of voices capable of evoking church-like fervor.
So grave a place our society is in by Saunders account that he poignantly submits in the track, “Wonder if Jesus sang the blues.” As he explains in the release for the track, “The idea of Jesus singing the blues, for me is a very powerful image. It allows the mind to imagine Jesus having a dark hue that is not European. The senseless killings of black bodies, hoping conversations could be shared with the idea of honoring life…all black lives.”
In the wake of recent tragedies – those that serve as reminders of the change that is overdue – the protests, outcry and conversations suggests awareness is heightened and change will begin. We’ll see. However, It’s good to know those like Marlon Saunders are on the job continuing to shine light on the need. B.C.
Accomplished rapper and hip hop artist, JSWISS joins Grammy – winning trumpeter, producer, arranger and composer, Michael Leonhart to deliver “BLACKOUT,” the stellar first single from their upcoming duo project, “The Alchemy EP”, dropping January 2021. On the track, JSWISS continues to establish his place amongst the game’s elite lyricists as he delivers an inspiring message and rallying cry amidst the current call for justice, change and “Black Lives Matter” as Leonhart provides a perfectly infectious, and lush musical canvas.