It’s been a busy year for Butcher Brown. Hot on the heels of their August run at the Blue Note NY, the September 30 release of a new single, Patrice Rushen’s “Remind Me” featuring vocalist Alex Isley, on the GRAMMY-winning composer’s birthday, and a successful 3 ½-week European tour in October – which included stops at the Mondriaan Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s in the UK – the Richmond, Virginia-based quintet has enlisted up-and-coming producer and multi-instrumental CARRTOONS to reimagine “Frontline,” a track from #KingButch, their 2020 debut album on Concord Jazz.
DownBeat has raved about Butcher Brown’s “ability to generate a mood, their ever-present chops, their melding of ideas into squishy jams that constantly endeavor to eschew genre conventions.”
“Butcher Brown is one of the great bands of my generation,” says CARRTOONS. “The remix is my tribute to their new classic, ‘Frontline,’ trying to capture Butcher Brown’s feeling while adding my own spin. I heard this arrangement instantly when they sent me the track and recorded and mixed my version by the end of the same day.”
A fixture in the New York music scene, CARRTOONS is one of the most sought-after producers in the hip-hop and soul scene through his attention-grabbing Instagram videos and a catalog of creative originals and co-productions.
“We’re very excited for CARRTOONS to put his signature sound on this reimagination of the Randazzo new classic FRONTLINE,” says Butcher Brown.
Listen to Butcher Brown’s new single “Frontline” (CARRTOONS REMIX) HERE.
Butcher Brown is five groove merchants delivering a heady home-brew of jams and jazz, rhymes and beats—a funky, musical mix that makes one question why great music needs to be labeled as this category or that. The hybrid moniker “jazz/hip-hop” only begins to cover it. Their balance of raw energy and smooth sophistication, edgy improvisation with a generous dose of Southern roots reveals how equal opportunity they are in employing a wide range of musical styles, and how authentically they’ve absorbed it all.
Individually, they are: producer/keyboardist DJ Harrison; drummer Corey Fonville; bassist Andrew Randazzo; trumpeter/saxophonist/MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney; and guitarist Morgan Burrs.
Starting in 2013, Butcher Brown began to release a series of recordings on their own imprint, and other independent labels as well, helping to spread the word of the group’s groove driven consistency. On September 18, 2020, Butcher Brown released their full album #KingButch, a major label debut on Concord Jazz. Their eighth album was the culmination of twelve years of dedicated focus and commitment.