Theon Cross - Intra-I
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2021 Ratings: #243 / 699
User Score
Based on 26 ratings
Liked by 1 person
October 29, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
New Soil / Label
Nu Jazz / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Mojo

In Cross's seasoned palms the tuba's possibilities feel endless.

80
Loud and Quiet

Theon Cross goes deeper than preconceptions by delivering a record that is truly personal and intricate.

80
AllMusic

Whereas Fyah relied on jazz and funk as twin lines of harmonic and rhythmic inquiry, Intra-I multiplies their import by strategically locating them inside a far deeper, wider mix to create an original music that looks squarely at the future.

80
Clash

Features from Remi Graves and Consensus stand out, but the fulcrum is Theon Cross and his inquisitive compositional sense.

75
Pitchfork

Inviting guest vocalists into his fold for the first time, the London tuba player delivers a collection of taut pop songs deeply rooted in Afro-Caribbean soundsystem culture.

70
Uncut

His second album is a rich, meaty fusion of jazz, grime, hip-hop, dancehall and reggae

prets
70

we go again

SonicDiscovery
72

Theon Cross is a British tuba player that does some pretty interesting things on his sophomore effort Intra-I. Being the low end for jazz outift Sons of Kemet has allowed Cross the freedom to be very creative within his rhythms and grooves and that is certainly the case throughout these tracks. Early highlight “We Go Again” has a cool way of incorporating a skipping beat and electronic elements over some smooth jazz, both “Roots” and “The Spiral” bring banger ... read more

Louis13
75

Sons of Kemet member and tuba player Theon Cross comes through with a hard-hitting mix of nu-jazz, jazz rap and reggae with some impressive vocal features throughout. Definitely one of the most concise and enjoyable jazz projects of the year.

Favourite Tracks: We Go Again*, Roots, The Spiral, 40tude, Watching Over (Bless Up Dad), Forward Progression II

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Track List

  1. Intro (feat. Remi Graves)
  2. We Go Again
  3. Roots (feat. Shumba Maasai)
  4. The Spiral (feat. Afronaut Zu & Ahnansé)
  5. Trust the Journey
  6. 40tude
  7. Watching Over (Bless Up Dad)
  8. Forward Progression II
  9. Play to Win (feat. Consensus)
  10. Universal Alignment (feat. Oren Marshall)

Year End Lists

#8/Loud and Quiet
#40/Crack Magazine
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Added on: October 24, 2021