NYC jazz-inspired, hip-hop group, QNA, return to the site with new a track off their upcoming record, XII.
The track titled ‘Karoshi’, a Japenese term which roughly translates to “death from overwork” in English.
Over the seven minutes of its duration, they bring that hectic reality to life, saxophone swirls around intensely brisk dream beats as Marina Espinet’s vocals accentuate the bouncing rhythms. At the midway point, MC Supe mellows the mood with a verse of cerebral poetry.
“This is the most challenging song on the record by far. I mean, it spans like 7 minutes. And it’s all jazz. Nothing else on the record sounds quite like it. However, it’s something we feel really strongly about; we’re jazz musicians and poets, and it would be an insult to ourselves to not represent that part of us on the record.”
This new track is a real adventure, that offers something new upon each listens.
Look forward to hearing more from QNA, but for now, tuck into the jazz stylistics of “Karoshi” below…
Karoshi is out now – buy here.