Two-Time GRAMMY-Winning Collective Snarky Puppy Make Career Best Billboard 200 Debut With Culcha Vulcha
Third Consecutive #1 On Jazz Charts, #2 On Heatseekers, And #159 On Top 200
“One Of The More Versatile Groups On The Planet Right Now” -Rolling Stone
“A Barnstorming, Groove-Centric Instrumental Act With A Rabid Fan Base… If The Name Doesn’t Ring A Bell, It’s Probably Just A Matter Of Time” -The New York Times
May 12, 2016 – Snarky Puppy’s “big, rich and funky” (NPR Music) new album Culcha Vulcha, out now on GroundUP Music/Universal Music Classics, has reached a new high water mark for the GRAMMY-winning group, netting them their highest Billboard 200 chart debut to date. Coming in at #159 on the Billboard top 200, Culcha Vulcha is also the third straight Snarky Puppy album to debut at #1 on the Jazz Current chart, and the third straight to debut in the top four of the Heatseekers chart. The album also debuted at #1 on the Jazz Contemporary chart.
To record Culcha Vulcha, their 11th album and first true studio album in eight years, Snarky Puppy decamped to a pecan orchard at the remote Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX, a five-minute walk from the Mexican border. The Texas-bred/Brooklyn-based collective used a week in isolation to record nine original tracks that showcase a darker hued sound. Influenced by the travels of their nearly constant world tours, which have seen the band play over 1,200 shows on six continents, sounds from places like Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires effortlessly mingle with strains of Motown, vintage J.B.’s and the music of Dallas, TX churches that were so crucial to Snarky Puppy’s formative years. The album finds Snarky Puppy utilizing a sonically creative approach to both composition and performance. The melodies are intricate, the counterpoint is fluid, and groove reigns supreme in mixes that are bass and percussion-heavy.
Snarky Puppy are in the middle of the North American leg of their 2016 World Tour, a full list of tour dates can be found here.
The “D.I.Y juggernaut” (New York Times) released the acclaimed album Family Dinner Volume Two in February, featuring collaborations with David Crosby, Laura Mvula, Salif Keita, Becca Stevens and more. Snarky Puppy also won a “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” GRAMMY that same month for Sylva, their 2015 collaboration with the Metropole Orkest. It was their second win, following a “Best R&B Performance” GRAMMY for the Lalah Hathaway collaboration “Something” in 2014.
Additionally, Snarky Puppy has teamed up with Indaba Music on a contest sourcing the globe for new original music inspired by Culcha Vulcha. Using samples from the first track on the album "Tarova," fans have a chance to win a Skype session with members of the band, an official release of their original song, backstage VIP Meet & Greet passes, cash prizing and more." The contest runs now through June 1st.
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