Jamila Woods & NE-HI – The Times I’m Not There

by Woody on November 9, 2017

I saw Jamila and NE-HI within a few hours of each other this past SXSW. Had been itching to see NE-HI since I’d been loving their latest, Offers. Jamila, well we just stumbled into her set and to man, were floored. So it’s not to see two Chicago artists getting together for a rework of a track off of NE-HI’s first album. All proceeds from the sale of the single will benefit SocialWorks, a Chicago-based arts empowerment charity co-founded by Chance The Rapper. Here’s some info from both.

“We spent some time this summer reimagining the arrangement and rhythmic approach to “The Times I’m Not There”, a song from our first record. The idea was to explore new melodies and textures to shape around the guitar hook and find a different voice to take the song somewhere else. Jamila Woods, being the amazing vocalist that she is, came on and completely led the song into a new life. After tampering around with the edit for a while, what started as an experiment turned out to be a memorable song and recording process. Shout out to Jamila Woods, Dave Vettraino on production, and Dee Lilly on the keys! This being a project between two Chicago artists, we wanted to give all the proceeds back to young people in the city through the arts empowerment charity, SocialWorks.”

Jamila Woods adds: “I had a great time working on the song with NE-HI, we had never worked together before but I really like their sound and it was fun to collaborate during the process. I think it’s dope that they chose to partner with SocialWorks for the release.”

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Jamila is here

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