Last month, Big Gigantic released their first studio-produced album in three years. The Colorado duo stayed true to their signature sound, blending smooth jazz and hip-hop with melodic electronic beats, throughout the 13 tracks. Titled Free Your Mind, the album takes listeners on an uplifting journey, focusing on happiness, love, and gratitude.
The album begins with Daybreak, which is an appropriately titled song with no lyrics – only vocals and an electronic backing that sneaks in and gets louder as the minute passes. The vocals and backing continue into the second song, Let The Speakers Blow, but are now accompanied by a more upbeat and funky beat that is guaranteed to get you dancing. The third track, featuring Jennifer Hartswick, is the namesake for the album and continues to incorporate the high energy funk while mixing in some jazz elements, like a smooth sax solo quickly at the end.
The playful beats and contemporary jazz continue throughout the tracks. Other featured artists include Kidepo, Felly, The Funk Hunters, Ashe, Nevve, TOBi, Pell & Louis Futon, Trella, and Lyle Divinsky. With such a variety of artists supporting this album, every song is a little bit different but all of them will make you want to get up and get groovy. Even Moonlight, the second-to-last song where things slow down a bit, carries a sway-worthy beat with more smooth sax flowing in between Trella’s vocals.
Unfortunately, the accompanying tour for this album has been postponed due to health and safety concerns amidst COVID-19. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying this album because you will feel good while listening to it, which is exactly what Big Gigantic intended!