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Julion DE'ANGELO - Stand On Your Square

Julion DE'ANGELO - Stand On Your Square


Julion De'Angelo follows up his split release on Theo Parrish's Sound Signature label with his first solo release, Stand On Your Square, on Tone Log Jr.

The album opens with words by Skip Burney, a percussionist who has toured with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and Miles Davis. Burney shares his thoughts on the commitment required to be part of an African drum tradition, but his words can be applied more broadly to a larger commitment to music, and even further, a wholehearted devotion to a code, an ethic, a mission. This is the message Julion is communicating throughout the entirety of Stand On Your Square: the history and severity of tradition, specifically African traditions.

Stand On Your Square Parts 1 and 2 (A and B2 respectively), reflect chaos as the norm, each track finding their peace and discipline in African rhythms differently. Sizzlean (B1) is a stripped down beat track that most directly showcases his roots as a dancer. Stand On Your Square is a fuller look at a new artist who has much more to share with us; and at its simplest reading, it compels us to move.

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