Cooking Vinyl is proud to announce a new partnership with the 2017 Grammy-winning artist Fantastic Negrito and his imprint Blackball Universe. The UK label will re-issue Fantastic Negrito’s current and critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Last Days of Oakland’ (recipient of a Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy Award) with two new additional tracks, just in time for his imminent European tour.
The new tracks — “Push Back” and “The Shadows” — are both produced by Xavier Dphrepaulezz (aka Fantastic Negrito). The extra tracks will be available 30th June 2017 for download and streaming, and will be released worldwide along with the rest of the album on CD and 180g vinyl on 7th July 2017.
Musicians on these new recordings include Masa Kohama and Tomas Salcedo (guitars), Cornelius Mims (bass guitar), Lionel Holoman Jr. (piano and organ), with vocals, additional piano, additional guitar, drum programming and claps by Xavier Dphrepaulezz.
In his teens, Xavier ran the streets of Oakland, before finding music and eventually signing with Prince’s management. After a slow recovery from a car crash that left him in a coma, Xavier undertook several different musical alter egos, but in the end, he walked away from music — only to re-emerge years later as Fantastic Negrito.