Naughty Professor ft. Cole DeGenova, “Mirrors”

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A single from their Identity album.

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Andre G | September 1, 2017

“Everyone wants to be a hero, but are they really listenin’ to the people, what they want?”

It’s that gem that’s the bedrock of “Mirrors,” the gorgeous new tune from New Orleans-based future funk collective Naughty Professor. The track is from their acclaimed new album Identity, which also features their popular “Stray” song, featuring the Revivalists’ David Shaw. Shaw is also on “Mirrors,” which has been treated to a live performance video from The Music Shed in New Orleans.

Stray may be the operative word for their creative process specifically on Identity, where the band collaborated with over a dozen other talented musicians such as Shaw, Chali 2na, Ivan Neville and more. The group has crafted a groovy jazz/hip-hop/funk fusing soundscape on display with “Mirrors” which is augmented with incisive songwriting that relies on guest singer Cole DeGenova’s inverse observations to offer poignant commentary on ego such as “having all the answers, forgettin’ all the questions.” If the question was, ‘can you play me a great modern funk-jazz fusion record?’, “Mirrors” would be a strong answer.

The collective is set to head out on a National tour tomorrow. You can take a look at the dates below, and listen to Identity here.

2-Sep Lakeshore Landing New Orleans, LA*
6-Sep Brooklyn Bowl w/ Dragon Smoke Brooklyn, NY^
7-Sep Ardmore Music Hall w/ Kung Fu Ardmore, PA^
8-Sep Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA^
9-Sep David Shaw’s Big River Get Down Hamilton, OH^
14-Sep Industry City Brooklyn, NY+
15-Sep Thunder Road Boston, MA+
16-Sep Nectar’s Burlington, VT+
19-Sep Buffalo Iron Works Buffalo, NY+
20-Sep Brother’s Lounge Cleveland, OH+
21-Sep Resonance Festival Thornville, OH+
22-Sep Terminal West w/ Dumpstaphunk Atlanta, GA+
23-Sep National Fried Chicken Festival New Orleans, LA+
27-Sep Charleston Pour House Charleston, SC*
28-Sep 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, FL*
29-Sep The Great Outdoors Jam Lakeland, FL*
30-Sep Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL*
18-Oct Sam’s Burger Joint w/ TAUK San Antonio, TX
19-Oct Trees w/ TAUK Dallas, TX
20-Oct Antone’s w/ TAUK Austin, TX

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