Artist: The Higher Concept
Overall Album Vibe: The first thing that will grab your attention on Staten Island, NY. group Higher Concept’s (MC’s-Matty J, Tekst, IB) ‘Everybody,’ is the releases cover that’s a take off on the classic Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ album. The band’s updated version includes modern day pop icons ranging from, Jim Carrey and Michael Jackson to Homer Simpson and Inspector Gadget.
Since their start back in 2005 The Higher Concept has been hardcore DIY, having turned down opportunities for record contracts and management deals. They’ve done it because they don’t want to water down their messages of, creativity, positive energy and uplifting messages that are found in their songs. The guys say that, “we make music because we love it, anything that stems from that love is an added bonus.” The group has managed though to land a distribution deal to start their own record label, The Projectivity Movement, to help distribute their music around the globe.
Stylistically the group mixes hip-hop along with pop and rock beats and even a pinch of funk to achieve their sound. Their album also offers up a long list of gifted MC/singers to help in the vocal’s department.
I liked a lot of what I heard on this album including the opening up tempo title track that mixes hip-hop, pop/rock and even some gospel undertones with lyrics about not letting others tell you who you should be in your life. That everyone needs to open up their own minds to their destiny.
“Runnin Away,” is a nice fast paced track that mixes dance music with rock beats. “Smile,” is an upbeat track about keeping positive thoughts in your life even when things go bad. “Topanga,” offers up a nice mix of funk and pop with its horn driven sound.
‘Everybody,’ ends like it started strong with, “This is For,” a mid tempo track offering up nice horn solos along with a heavily strung guitar part. The song is a thank you to all of the bands family, friends and fans that have been behind them along the way.
Standout Tracks: “Everybody”,”Runnin Away”,”Smile”,”Topanga”,”American Way”,”This is For”
Review by C.W. Ross