Today’s video premiere comes from New York trumpet player/ multi-instrumentalist/ vocalist/ producer/ rapper/ and director extraordinaire Steve Mallorca aka Sulu. Cutting his teeth on the gritty New York City circuit since the ’90’s with his band P.I.C. (hiphopfunkpunkmamboska) that would blend ska, hip hop, funk and more, they were a staple around the City as well as spots around the Lower East Side. Playing eclectic nights at Arlene’s Grocery or the Parkside Lounge (along with some pretty eclectic DJs) the band itself is still going strong. Sulu’s latest offering is a solo record entitled Eddie Romero, where the talented musician plays all of the instruments, sings the vocal parts, plays
The end result has been described as a sort of hip-hop Johnny Mathis, a sound with nods to influences that span ’40s and ’50s crooning, ’60s and ’70s soul, and ’80s and ’90s hip-hop.
trumpet, and raps throughout the fourteen track release. The track “Up To You” has Sulu crooning over serious upbeat soul drums with haunting organ behind and a driving bass line that will no doubt get them dancing. Harmonies all around, Sulu has some influences near and dear to him, and when he drops the mic to spit a rhyme, you see the extent of his musical abilities. The horn stabs are killer too, Mr. Sulu plays the hell of that trumpet as well. This is definitely fresh, genre bending long player no doubt. Recorded and mixed at the esteemed Slow Jam King Uptown Studios, New York, NY by Sulu himself, this track is a winner. Check out the video below, directed and edited by Mallorca, on premiere today.
Stream the track “Up To You” and Check out more tracks off of Eddie Romero:
Buy the album here.