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Album of the Week: Free Nationals - Free Nationals

Today, after steadily releasing a string of acclaimed singles over the past year and fresh off the back of their debut US TV appearance on Jimmy Fallon, Los Angeles' quartet Free Nationals - who also moonlight as Anderson .Paak's backing band - release the long-awaited and hotly anticipated debut album, Free Nationals, via Empire and .Paak's OBE Records.

Free Nationals - comprised of Kelsey Gonzalez (bass), Ron “Tnava” Avant (keyboard/vocoder), Callum Connor (drums) and José Rios (guitar) - have graced the stage at Coachella, opened for performers such as Beyoncé and completed world tours alongside J.Cole, Bruno Mars and more. Paying homage to the musical legends that paved the way before them, Free Nationals means the first people of America, indigenous to the land before Columbus came. Staying Indigenous to the funk, Free Nationals pay tribute to inspirators such as Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Herbie Hancock and Al Green by incorporating musicianship while pioneering musical euphoria for a new generation.

2019 has seen the LA group release a string of hotly-tipped singles - 'Eternal Light' ft. Chronixx; 'On Sight' ft. JID, Kadhja Bonet and MIKNNA; 'Time' ft. Kali Uchis and Mac Miller; and 'Beauty & Essex' ft. Daniel Caesar and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson.

Free Nationals serves as a definitive statement for the hype the band have conjured this year but also strives for something timeless, rooted in virtuoso musicianship, songwriting nous and multi-faceted bombast. Keep your eyes peeled for more from Free Nationals in the very near future.


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