Damon Locks

Black Monument Ensemble - NOW (IARC0039LP)

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Black Monument Ensemble - NOW

Damon Locks

International Anthem Recording Co.


LPS 163068




LP 24,78 €

180 gram vinyl edition

Black Color Vinyl

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble's previous album, their 2018 debut Where Future Unfolds, had a best new music in Pitchfork, was a "Top 50 Album of the Year" in Wire Magazine, and was BBC DJ Gilles Peterson's unequivocal "Favorite Album of the Year."

NOW is the band's much anticipated followup, which carries on their unique brand of Choir-fronted Hip-Hop-meets-Gospel/Jazz Liberation Music - very much a modern day echo of the Harlem Freedom Singers and/or Eddie Gale's Black Rhythm Happening. This new one is a bit heavier on the beats and drum machines, sounding almost like Public Enemy/Bomb Squad working with ESG. Clarinetist Angel Bat Dawid and cornet player Ben LaMar Gay are heavily featured on this album.


  • Angel Bat Dawid – clarinet
  • Ben LaMar Gay – cornet & melodica
  • Dana Hall – drums
  • Damon Locks – samples & electronics
  • Arif Smith – percussion
  • Singers:
  • Phillip Armstrong
  • Monique Golding
  • Tramaine Parker
  • Richie Parks
  • Erica Rene
  • Eric Tre’von

Recorded August 27th-28th and September 29th, 2020


  • SIDE A
  • A1. Now (Forever Momentary Space)
  • A2. The People vs The Rest of Us
  • A3. Keep Your Mind Free
  • SIDE B
  • B1. Barbara Jones-Hogu and Elizabeth Catlett Discuss Liberation
  • B2. Movement And You
  • B3. The Body Is Electric