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Silent Light

by Dru Barnes

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Dawn 03:55
Jean-Michel 03:28
Lights 04:26
You 04:36
Realize 03:44
The Message 02:53
Indigo 04:40
Fire 04:09
The World 03:00


"From painter to sound artist and now musician,
he’s been a fixture on the New York scene for close to a decade"
- Blackbook Magazine

"Barnes explores the strength inherent in trap, using its grimness and bleakness to get at something stripped-down and pure about the power of art to heal"
- IMPOSE Magazine

Jamaica-via-Brooklyn conceptual artist Dru Barnes is breaking a nearly two-year silence with the premiere of "Jean-Michel". The track is a powerful, trap-heavy tribute to iconic American artist Basquiat and offers up the first taste of Barnes' much-anticipated debut full-length, Silent Light, out May 6 on Dither Down Records.

After a near-death experience that garnered international attention, Barnes was compelled to usher in a new chapter with his music and life. In the wake of his tragedy, the critically acclaimed musician shed past monikers, launched a solo career and teamed up with producer Taavi Haapala to make his first full-length. Prior to that, Barnes developed a global fan base while in experimental duo JOGYO. He built up a reputation for challenging traditional hip-hop norms by blending genres, cross-cultural dance forms, performance art and the like.

Silent Light is born from improvisation, synthesizing trap, trip hop, hip hop, rap, and 90s dance beats with influences that range from R&B and folk to world and new-age. The music reveals truth and vulnerability and explores themes of love, connectivity and universal awareness, utilizing sound as a tool for transformation.


released May 6, 2016

Produced By Dru Barnes & Taavi Haapala
Mixed by Daniel J. Schlett
@ Strange Weather Studios Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Alex De Turk
Additional Production on American Dream by Austin Millz.
Additional Vocals on Dawn by Justin Johnson.


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Dither Down Records & Tapes Brooklyn, New York

Dither Down is headed up by Tim Wagner of Sunrise HWY & 33Hz and DJ Chicus of the reggae label, Redbud Records. Blending their love of Indie Pop with Disco, Dub, 80s electro and House, Dither Down releases songs by up and coming New York artists and pairs them with the best new remixers from around the world. ... more

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