Since releasing his acclaimed Venology six-tracker last year, it feels like Grammy-winning saxophonist and producer Venna has been on the ultimate victory lap, spreading his wings and just generally having fun with life.
Late last year, the London-born musician dropped off “Sicily’ Box”, a cosmic, almost spiritual jam with Yussef Dayes, Marco Bernardis and Rocco Palladino, and it sounds as if he’s had just as much fun with Masego and Mick Jenkins on his new joint “Casa Lopez”. It’s wholly different from “Sicily’ Box”, but it still has that intangible Venna sound coursing through its veins.
Naturally, with Masego and Jenkins in the booth, it’s much more rap-focused, albeit with light-footed jazzy melodies and the usual world-class musicianship. As Venna explains below, the track was originally conceived in East London before being finished out in LA, and both the jazz and rap sounds of both cities can be heard clear as day.