Movement Movin'

by Mass Bass

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about

Once upon a time, a small crew of community organizers started jamming together on the weekends; an opportunity to bring their politics and values into a creative, musical space. Highlighted by lead vocalist/rapper Kiwi Illafonte (Native Guns) and bassist Paul Bolick-Mausisa (One Struggle), as well as up-and-coming guitar wunderkind Ervin Lopez, they started crafting songs and rocking shows around the Bay. Three years later, this band, now known by many as Mass Bass, is finally releasing their debut album Movement Movin’.

“Movement Movin’ reflects the maturity of the Bay Area scene. Anybody who’s been saying ‘what’s the soundtrack for the movement?’ this album fits the bill. AND it’s funky, it’s a head-nodder, it’s dope.”
- Davey D, Hard Knock Radio

The first single “Gangsta Warrior” (which includes a video directed by Sine 68 productions) paints the day-to-day stories and struggles of everyday working people narrated over a live, reggae-influenced backdrop. “We wanted to accentuate the experiences of those in our lives who go about their days hustling and grinding; our modern-day warriors providing for the community,” Kiwi explains.

Original and timely, the nine tracks on Movement Movin’ cover themes such as cultural identity, economic injustice, immigration & migration, and government corruption. The album is available at retailers Solespace (Oakland), Arkipelago Books (SF), East Wind Books (Berkeley), Amoeba Music (Berkeley/SF), Rasputin Music (Berkeley/SF), or online at CD baby and Bandcamp.

About Mass Bass
Mass Bass is a 7-piece funky hip hop radical soul collective from Oakland, CA. The group consists of Armael Malinis on keys, Ervin Lopez on guitar/background vocals, Jay Conui on Drums, Kiwi Illafonte on raps/vocals, Paul Bolick on Bass, Tina Shauf on background vocals, and Tony Daquipa on congas/percussion.

Information and Booking: massbassmusic@gmail.com
Website: www.massbassmusic.com

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released April 1, 2015

01 Ooh Mama • Written and produced by Kiwi Illafonte / Additional production by Mass Bass
02 Gangsta Warrior • Written by Kiwi Illafonte / Based off original composition by Six Fingers / Additional production by Mass Bass
03 Are You There • Written by Kiwi Illafonte / Based off original composition by Diasporatic / Additional production by Mass Bass
04 Milk & Honey • Written and produced by Kiwi Illafonte / Additional production by Mass Bass
05 I Am • Written and produced by Kiwi Illafonte / Additional production by Mass Bass
06 Little by Little • Written by Kiwi Illafonte / Based off original composition by Diasporatic / Additional production by Mass Bass
07 With the Wind • Written by Kiwi Illafonte / Produced by Mass Bass
08 That Money • Written and produced by Kiwi Illafonte / Additional production by Mass Bass
09 Movement Movin' • Written and produced by Kiwi Illafonte / Additional production by Mass Bass

All songs performed by Mass Bass / Recorded at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts, Emeryville, CA
Mixing: Patrick Huang / Mastering: Justin Weis at Trakworx
Artwork: Cece Carpio / Photos: Shine Velasco / Album Design: Jack DeJesus

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Mass Bass Oakland, California

Mass Bass (formerly Bandung 55) is a 7-piece hip hop/rock/reggae/soul sound collective based out of Oakland by way of the Philippines. The group consists of Jay Conui on drums, Paul Bolick on bass, Ervin Lopez on guitar, Armael Malinis on keys, Tony Daquipa on percussion, Tina Shauf on background vocals, and (Native Guns emcee) Kiwi Illafonte with the raps. ... more

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