We're back from a few weeks on holiday with our first crush of spring! Makaya McCraven's new tune "Black Lion" is the first single from his upcoming record "Universal Beings" and we massively in crush. This music is has some serious fucking cool. It brings back memories of those classic beats from the likes of DJ Shadow and Q-Bert, Madlib, J Dilla, Nujabes ( the list goes on) to contemporaries like Flying Lotus and BADBADNOTGOOD. "Black Lion" (a homage to bassist Dezron Douglas, who calls his own ensemble the "Black Lion Quartet") was recorded in the cavernous concrete basement of H0l0 in Ridgewood, Queens, where Makaya improvised with harpist Brandee Younger (Moses Sumney, Lauryn Hill) for the first time, along with his old friend from N.E., Dezron Douglas (bassist for Pharaoh Sanders, Ravi Coltrane), and NY-residing Chicago expats Joel Ross (vibraphone) & Tomeka Reid (cello). This is sort of music someone like Kanye West will sample 2 seconds of and everyone will call it genius - check it out for yourself (below) before that happens and get it on your chill playlist like we did!