Jay Stone released one of my favorite albums in 2015, the collaborative project with Monster Rally, Foreign Pedestrians. We haven't heard a great deal from him since, but earlier this summer we got a taste of his new material via the trailer for Morris From America, a new film starring Craig Robinson. Jay's music is heard from the offset, and he's in good company throughout - the only other music in the trailer comes from DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels, and Jay's poster is on the the lead character's bedroom wall next to Schoolboy Q - check it:
Jay tells me he was put in touch with Morris From America director Chad Hartigan via his friend (and ours), Hunter Mack of Gold Robot Records, who released Foreign Pedestrians. That led to an intro with composer Keegan DeWitt, who sent Jay some beats and said "do what you do". Stone says he knew the general plot synopsis of the film going into writing and recording, but it didn't have much of an impact on his writing for the soundtrack. "It didn't influence my writing process much because when I write lyrics I never talk about just one thing. My songs are like windows into my subconscious. I don't try to dictate where a song goes when I write it ...I just let it grow into what it was suppose to become." As he's shown before, Jay's rapid-fire cadence and wit is a great match for the unique backing tracks. DeWitt recently shared a mixtape/soundtrack of music from the film on his soundcloud, you can check the whole thing below or click through to find the individual tracks:
Jay is currently working on his first true full-length album, Calibration of An Altered Mind, which he says "will give my fans and listeners a different perception of what I'm capable of sonically". Given his past solo releases and the collaboration with Monster Rally, that should be quite a trip. Jay performs at The Night Light next week as part of the Oakland Music Festival. He'll be joined by some great out-of-town hip-hop and R&B artists that will be a great compliment to Jay's sonic experience...