Shuffle Aces: Brass Against – Wake Up

Not exactly something new, but something I only recently came across. Brass Against are a NYC-based brass band playing protest songs and other hip hop anthems. While the name suggests they’re a Rage Against The Machine cover band, they do play a variety of material from artists like Rage Against the Machine (obviously!), Living Colour, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Kendrick Lamar and Fugees.

It’s brilliantly arranged, powerful and clever. Aside from the amazing musicianship, the vocals of Sophia Urista are a real standout – just the perfect voice for a band like this. Absolutely worth checking out this version of Wake Up from Rage Against The Machine, let alone everything else they do!

You can find all the Shuffle Ace tracks – including this one – on a Spotify playlist here.

Shuffle Aces is a series of posts that highlights a song of the week that “shuffling” has brought forth. With all the streaming services it’s not just an iPod on shuffle mode that we use to discover new stuff, but the principle remains the same: hit play and wait to see what gems come forth.

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