Nick Andre is a San Francisco based music producer and co-founder of Slept On Records who has been producing music for the last decade and half and has worked with Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious), Lateef The Truth Speaker, Bicasso of Living Legends, Zion I and more.
“Turn Back” speaks to the listener with an indignant and defiant tone laden with frustration. The listener hears more than what is spoken from each verse. It’s not just the words, it’s the emotion. It’s palpable. The flow between Gift of Gab and Lateef the Truthspeaker is throwback to the hop hop days of the days of past. But the real sparkle here is the production of Andre. There’s a lot to grab onto here, but it never attempts to overtake the lyricists and their message.
Andre is a San Francisco based music producer and co-founder of Slept On Records who has been producing music for the last decade and half and has worked with Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious), Lateef The Truth Speaker, Bicasso of Living Legends, Zion I and more. Slept On Records is a label that Andre started about 10 years ago with friend Eric aka E da Boss from Myron & E (Stones Throw) and the Pendletons (Bastard Jazz) as an outlet to release music they were making with friends. They released a series of 12” and 7” records featuring Gift Of Gab, Lyrics Born, Bicasso and more. “We then both got signed to different labels, E went to Stones Throw and I did a record with MUSH”, says Andre. “We held on to the label and were able to keep our distribution and have used it as a outlet to be able to release our music on our terms and keep total control.”
Andre also recently co-scored the the full length feature film Chasing Valentine and has had his music featured in the SHOWTIME series THE CHI and the Netflix original series EASY). He is currently working on a series of singles with different featured guest to be released throughout the second half of 2018 in addition to contributing work to upcoming albums for Gift Of Gab, Lateef The Truth Speaker and Zion I.
Asked about the song, Andre said “The idea came together earlier this year while working on production for the new Gab album and having just recently finished production on a project for Lateef. I really wanted to hear them both on this track together. But it didn’t fit either one of the current projects they were working on. They both came over and wrote together in a afternoon at my house. I decided to reach out to Eric Boss aka E Da Boss from Myron and E(Stones Throw) and The Pendletons who was in London at the time to add some soul vocals over the hook. After a little tweaking and having Lateef back over to add to the chorus “Turn Back” was born.”