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Captain Planet Releases New Single “BIG MAN (feat. Shungudzo)” TODAY!

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3 years after releasing his groundbreaking collaborative album with singer Chico Mann (which landed him live sets on Boiler Room & KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic as well as a feature on NYTimes “Best Songs Of The Week”) DJ/producer Captain Planet returns with the premier single “BIG MAN ft. Shungudzo” from his forthcoming album NO VISA set to drop June 15th on Bastard Jazz Recordings. Over a bed of West African balafon and earth shaking 808 bass, Shungudzo’s voice cuts like a razor- subversively envisioning the day that she will be on top, calling the shots, running the world, a “BIG MAN”. When the heavy percussion drops out midway through the song, a powerful chant acts as a call to arms, where each of us is invited to join the dream, imagining what we would do if we were in charge of this corrupt and unjust world. NO VISA, the 5th full-length album from producer Charlie Wilder (aka Captain Planet), is both a return to form and a launchpad into the future. With 13 songs that feature vocalists from around the world, long-time fans will recognize several previous collaborators as well as the global influences that have always been central to Captain Planet’s music. Wilder’s trademark sound pulls from African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and South American styles of music, blended with the Hip Hop, Reggae, House, and Electronic music that he grew up playing as a DJ. While “BIG MAN” stays true to form, the song also represents a harder hitting, more focussed vision. Showcasing the Captain’s production chops and songwriting talents equally, the song unveils a unique musical landscape, a place where our political boundaries and cultural hierarchies begin to dissolve, where foreign languages mingle together and deep rooted traditions dance with the future.

Captain Planet is a world traveling DJ & music producer who blends global roots music styles with forward-thinking hip-hop, dancehall, and electronic beats. After cutting his teeth in the competitive New York City club scene, he went on to host a popular radio show on WNYU Radio, and started the globally renowned music blog He has released 4 full-length albums featuring his trademark “Gumbo Funk” sound on Bastard Jazz Recordings, and can be heard on the soundtracks to multiple popular TV shows such as “Silicon Valley”, “Orange Is The New Black”, “Entourage” and “CSI:NY” to name a few. Additionally, he has produced world recognized remixes for the likes of Little Dragon, Katy B, Alice Russell, Erykah Badu, Mayer Hawthorne and many more. His song “Un Poquito Más” featuring Chico Mann has earned over 2.5 million streams and was featured in major ad campaigns for Target & Honda. Inspired by the success of that song, the two artists teamed up in 2017 for a full-length collaboration album and released “Night Visions” to critical acclaim, including a mention on NYTimes “Best Songs Of The Week”. The two performed live for the globally renowned Boiler Room Sessions & the taste making Morning Becomes Eclectic radio program on KCRW.