The very classic Chuck Taylor Allstar has been around for over one hundred years. Wearing them will never not being a thing, definitely if you are from the West Coast. Chucks, is an ode to the sneaker and quite frankly the song is a vibe. Musicality on amazing, live instrumentation galore, horn solos, but that is what the Grammy-nominated Terrance Martin hangs his hat on. Man can Terrance Martin play the saxophone. Just ask the likes of collaborators Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, and assorted other greats in need of the Jazz Saxophonist skills.
Chucks is him stepping out and switching it up, music is music, talent is talent and most importantly it transcends, boxes that people will try to place you inside. Handling the production and Channel Tres holding down the vocals the pairing has something special with Chucks, that could stretch beyond this release. The gruffness in Channels voice is hypnotic mashed with the soulfulness of Terrance Martins instrumentation leaves a sound to behold.
Terrance Martin’s take on the song,
“The song ‘Chucks’ is a sonic picture that represents New Los Angeles. The driving pulse of the song represents the tempo of traffic, the bass line is the attitude of a true Angeleno, the space that Channel commands with his vocals closely relates to the motion of water. At the end of the day it’s goin’ to make you move and feel good about being alive.”
Channel Tres adds,
“For me, this record ‘Chucks’ is about reminiscing and grieving my past. I grew up on Long Beach Blvd and a lot of things took place there. I remember the donut shop, the car wash, the Compton swap meet, and I tried to best articulate that feeling with space and groovy production. Chucks were also my choice of shoe growing up, they cost 25 dollars at the swap meet, and they looked good. I had a bunch of them.”
Martin’s 2021 BMG release of DRONES is Grammy-nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album this weekend and features acts such as Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, Cordae, Robert Glasper, Leon Bridges, James Fauntleroy, and more. DRONES
Be on the look out for Terrance Martin at Coachella and Terminal 5. Expect more releases like this from his developing new artist on his imprint Sound of Crenshaw Jazz in conjunction with BMG.