B. Bravo (aka Adam Mori) returns to Bastard Jazz with the long-awaited follow-up to his 2017 debut LP, “Paradise,” with a fresh full-length offering: “Vizionz.” Replete with his signature future funk vibes, infectiously soulful grooves, and talkbox excursions, “Vizionz” sees the multifaceted artist take the classic West Coast into outer space. If B. Bravo’s last album sought to get lost in paradise – enjoying the moment here and now – “Vizionz” looks forward, feet placed firmly in an established LA vibe, while the matured eyes of a veteran producer gaze keenly to the future.
“Vizionz” arrives following a slew of diverse singles, which highlight B. Bravo’s stunning versatility as a songwriter, producer, and collaborator. Last year’s “Lifted (What U Waiting 4)” came first, at the end of May, 2020, pairing g-funk talk-box verses and synth lines with rich vocal harmonies and a dance-floor-ready beat. Frequent collaborator Reva DeVito (Miami Horror, Kaytranada) makes a standout vocal appearance on “Fly Bye,” the second single. Here, Adam surrounds Reva’s vocals with ambient pads, a Dilla-inspired beat, and an irresistible bassline, while Reva’s dreamily sings about getting away from it all. The final single, “Believe,” sees Chuck Inglish (of the famed duo The Cool Kids) rhyme in his distinctive baritone over a bass-heavy instrumental meant to rattle some car stereos.
The singles offer a view into the rest of the album: Solo B. Bravo joints include “Moon Bounce,” a talk-box boogie jam begging for late-night drives with the top down; the largely-instrumental synth improvisation, “Midnight Rider;” the upbeat “Penelope,” which showcases Adam’s vocal and harmonic prowess; a bumping g-funk interlude, with “Flip Out;” as well as the laid back album opener, “Da Essence.”
Further vocal assists come by way of Sally Green on the flirty “10/10,” and Rojai on the slow jam ““No Regrets” . Both singers have worked on B. Bravo projects in the past, with Rojai additionally joining forces with Adam to form the duo Kool Customer, whose self-titled debut album was released on Bastard Jazz in 2018. Two more hip-hop-leaning tracks are aided by Def Sound (“Back Times Two”) and Nico Fasho (“Ms. Stardust”); leaning heavy into outerspace G-Funk Hip-Hop vibes.
Taken as a whole, “Vizionz” is a much needed boost of serotonin: Uncompromisingly positive, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes aspirational, but always funky. The range of styles is a testament to Adam’s indelible production chops, songwriting skill, and ability to collaborate. While it has been a long 5 years since “Paradise,” “Vizionz” proves more than worth the wait.
Born and raised in California, with roots in Japan, B. Bravo’s signature style of Cosmic Funk and late night synth grooves have made him a favorite among DJ’s, dancers, and music lovers worldwide. A tasteful producer, sought after remixer, party rocking DJ, master of the talkbox, band leader, and alumnus of the Red Bull Music Academy, Mr. Bravo is an accomplished performer both at home and abroad.
Heavily inspired by the synthesizer-enhanced R&B grooves of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, B. Bravo debuted in 2009 with the seven-track “Analog Starship” EP. A deeper impression was made the following year with a shorter extended play, “Computa Love,” the title track of which was supported by BBC DJ Benji B months prior to release. Additional strides were made with a batch of singles and EPs that followed throughout the next few years, as Bravo toured and performed at numerous festivals around the world.
His relationship with the Brooklyn tastemaker label, Bastard Jazz Recordings, began in 2016 with the 7” single “I’m For Real / Stay The Night’ (which notably featured a Mr. Carmack remix of the latter). Bravo’s debut solo LP quickly followed with 2017’s critically acclaimed “Paradise” – which shone a light on vocalists and frequent collaborators Reva DeVito, Trailer Limon, Kissey, and Lauren Faith – with a remix album appearing six months later.
Additional solo releases have found a home on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and Frite Nite, while production credits have appeared on releases from the legendary Blue Note Records, HW&W, All City, Friends of Friends, and Tokyo Dawn. B. Bravo has worked on projects with the likes of Salva, Mr. Carmack, Teeko, DJ Lean Rock, Reva DeVito, Lauren Faith, and Kate Stewart.
Having toured throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia, he’s shared the stage with performers like Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, DāM-FunK, Hudson Mohawke, at a world-spanning range of festivals such as Detroit Electronic Music Fest, HARD LA, Northern Nights, Laneway Singapore, Sonar in Barcelona, Snowglobe, SXSW, Basscoast, Do-Over, Low End Theory, Boiler Room, and Soulection.