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“Unwrapped is back and better than ever with Volume 7!”
The acclaimed Unwrapped series continues its legacy with its collection of “Unwrapped Flips” and returns in 2010 on the heels of last year’s #1 Jazz release, Volume 6 produced by celebrated Drummer extraordinaire Tony Royster Jr. The series looks to break the million mark in sales with this release which also celebrates the label’s 10 year anniversary!
Hidden Beach Recordings released Unwrapped Volume 1 in 2001 and stemmed from what was originally intended as a jam session between seasoned musicians for their own amusement. The album was billed as an exciting project that took conventional thinking and turned it upside down. It involved some of today’s most accomplished instrumental soloists who flipped the process followed by Hip Hop producers and returned the flavor into the bargain by offering infectious renditions of such rap standards like LL Cool J’s “Loungin’”, Biggie’s “One More Chance”, Common’s “The Light”, and OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson”, among many others.
However, it was not only the selection of the tracks that made this album a standout. The sheer quality of the artists involved was breathtaking with such jazz and R&B luminaries as Patrice Rushen, Paul Jackson Jr, Everett Harp and Mike Phillips all taking part. The initial thinking at Hidden Beach was to keep this material in-house for use as fun music at various Hidden Beach events. However, once some DJ heard what was being produced they demanded vinyl copies and as a result of this development, turned their music loving faithfuls on to the Unwrapped concept which has been unmatched by anyone who has tried to duplicate its concept.
Volume 7 is poised to be one of the most impressive showings in collaboration with acclaimed producer and songwriter J.R. Hutson! He is a renaissance music maker, a versatile and professionally trained musician whose rich soundscapes thrill ears across genres. Hutson’s years of experience both in front of the mic and behind the studio soundboard make him one of the hottest commodities in contemporary pop today. With jazz in his heart, pop in his soul, and R&B on the brain, Hutson creates new school electricity sparked by a foundation of old school technique.
Hutson’s strong association with Hidden Beach as a producer who has worked with a variety of artists on the label to include five tracks on Grammy-winning superstar Jill Scott’s 2007 smash The Real Thing, has brought his touch and “Urban Classic” style to Volume 7. Hutson’s production stamp, inspired by the melodic athleticism of Stevie Wonder and the knack for multi-layered arrangements demonstrated by Quincy Jones, has provided the platform for a 2010 approach to a variety of “Flips” which include both Hip Hop classics, as well as modern-day chart-toppers. As Hutson tells is, “[he comes] at records by trying to make them sound timeless as well as urban and street,” which he executed to a tee with this project.
Unwrapped is back and better than ever with Volume 7!
Ricky Richardson / EURweb, Electronic Urban Report – June 16, 2010
“I must admit that I was one of many who kept looking on stage for instruments during the performance of Naturally 7. The crowd and I were blown away with this acapella group’s ability to imitate actual instruments. They were excellent on “Waiting for Your Love,” “Come Together,” and their sensational YouTube hit/version of “I Can F eel It In the Air” by Phil Collins. Check out this video on YouTube. You will not believe what you are hearing and or seeing without instruments. Everyone of their CD’s that were on sale sold out at the CD booth on site. Quite naturally, pun intended.”
John Wareham / LA Weekly – June 15, 2010
“[...] then came Naturally 7, an a cappella group who not only sing, but vocalize the sounds of instruments without actually playing them. Each member of the seven man group uses their voice to imitate instruments such as trumpet, flute, scratching, bass, drums, etc. They also sing beautiful harmonies. When they started their set with their version of the Phil Collins hit “In the Air Tonight,” the audience turned in amazement at what they heard. They continued to turn heads throughout their set: Warren Thomas (drums) and ‘Hops’ Hutton (bass) were so accurate in their reproduction of the low end, the building seemed to shake.”
Chris Barton / Los Angeles Times – June 14, 2010
“Also no strangers to viral video world, the a cappella group Naturally 7 later appeared with their signature cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Featuring a nice bit of subway-ready theater with each vocalist pantomiming live instruments as they replicated the sound of bass, drums, strings and — most impressively — electric guitar, the group had fans jumping with a mix of hip-hop, soul and funk delivered with a near-gospel fervor.”
Richard Chang / The Orange County Register – June 13/15, 2010
“The act that may have stolen the show Saturday was Naturally 7, an a cappella group from New York. Each of the seven members immitated an instrument with his vocals and microphone. Thus, you had horns, strings, guitars, a scratching DJ and the percussion kit, performed ably by Warren Thomas, without any bulky equipment.
Naturally 7 started its set with a hip-hop cover of “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. The sounds coming from their mouths were incredible – together, they absolutely sounded like a jammin’ band with real instruments.
The seven powered through “Sound of Silence” and “Scarborough Fair” by Simon and Garfunkel, “Come Together” by the Beatles, “I Built this Wall” (an original, I suspect), and the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with gospel undertones. The “guitar” solo in the last song was nothing short of unbelievable.
Next, the group offered a cover of the Motown standard “Ready or Not.” At various turns, Naturally 7 sounded like a rock band, a hip-hop outfit, or a 1960s collection of soul and Motown hipsters. But was their music jazz? They did incorporate some jazz elements, like horns and improvisation. But it seemed Naturally 7 were on the borderline of jazz and many other types of music.”
“Likewise, Naturally 7 takes the old idea of a vocal orchestra to a new level — spread out onstage like an electronic hybrid big-band/hip-hop unit.”
Pre-Order Mike Phillips’ new album “M.P.3″ available July 27, 2010. All pre-ordered CDs will be signed by the saxophonist himself as way of saying thank you for supporting the project. PRE-ORDER NOW
Currently there are no samples of the forthcoming album, but check back later as we will be adding them to our site… Mike Phillips did his thing on this album and we are very excited about this release.
also please note that the album cover is not official, just a teaser for now… the album cover is coming soon.
Hidden Beach is celebrating our 10th Anniversary and we would like to thank all the fans and people who have supported the music over the years.
Stay tuned for more information on Hidden Beach’s 10th Year Anniversary. This is a just teaser of what’s coming to celebrate this milestone.