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Genres You Will Love
Spoken Word: With Music Electronic: Trip Hop Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop Moods: Type: Experimental Moods: Type: Political

By Location
United States - New York United States - NY - New York City

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Warlock Asylum

Warlock Asylum, is the Brooklyn based collaboration between poet Messiah'el Bey and multi-instrumentalist Steve Berson. Together, along with featured vocalist Janet LaBelle, they have created a new sound meshing spoken word, organic beats, live instrume
nts, and soulful hooks.

Warlock Asylum's sound can be traced to numerous influences, ranging from artists as diverse as The Last Poets, Public Enemy, Erykah Badu, Portishead, Bill Withers, Masters at Work, Babatunde Olatunji, Tricky, Common, The Beatles, and Gil Scot Heron.

Their second album "There In America" features five original compositions recorded in the lab at Total Sonic Media, and their own take on the Erykah Badu classic "On and On" recorded live at Arlene's Grocery in NYC. It features guest appearances by violinists Megan Berson and Helen Yee, guitarist Jef Brown, trumpeter Clyde Daley, drummer Evan Taylor, and MC Kachi Rufino.

Warlock Asylum's first album, "Kiss of The Immortal," was released by Total Sonic Media in 2009. More the aural equivalent of a graphic novel than a concept album, "Kiss of The Immortal" in words and music loosely tells the first part of the tale of Messiah-el and Lilith, soul mates in Eternity who are separated from each other by their birth into the mortal world. As Messiah-el searches to be reunited with his love, the album details his struggles navigating through a Gotham-esque labyrinth of trials and temptations.