“Sounds Of The Onyx … may be the start of a new music sensation of ‘jazz rap,’ producing an intoxicating new sound of sublime vintage jazz recordings reworked into a more modern day urban vibe.” – Vibe
HBO’s acclaimed drama series Boardwalk Empire® presents Sounds of The Onyx, a release celebrating the show’s recently premiered fourth season and highlighting remixes of rare jazz recordings from the Prohibition Era. The diverse roster of producers includes Pete Rock, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Om’Mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn, JayCeeOh & B-Sides and Tall Black Guy. The full project is now available for stream exclusively on SoundCloud, two weeks after the release of this season’s official soundtrack, Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO® Original Series.
The spirit of musical fusion, lyrical signification and cultural revolution embodied in the original works truly form the roots of modern American music and DJ culture, from hip-hop to EDM. The featured remixers worked off of original recordings from legends Eva Taylor & Clarence Williams’ Blue Five, Ethel Waters, Lloyd Scott & His Orchestra, Jim Jackson and Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten Orchestra, breathing new life into their songs for the gangsters, heroes, and club-denizens of today. Pete Rock was the only artist tasked to remix a new recording from the official soundtrack: a cover version of the classic composition performed by Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, who serve as the Boardwalk Empire house band.
Winner of 12 Emmy® Awards, the series from Executive Producers Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese launched its fourth season on Sunday, September 8th at 9 p.m.