High Pulp

Seattle, WA

It’s difficult to pin down High Pulp. In just a few short years of existence, this instrumental band has dabbled in everything from avant-garde jazz to beat-driven R&B to psychedelic synthesizer-heavy electronica. So it’s anybody’s guess what deranged cocktail of influence, genre and sound will take shape in their upcoming releases. High Pulp recently joined the ANTI- Records family and their first release with the label debuted this past fall (September 2021). It’s a stand-alone single titled “Motel Money” that features deep-in-the-pocket drums, lush synth textures, cinematic horns, and the trumpet stylings of featured guest artist Takuya Kuroda. Kuroda’s experimental blend of post-bop and soul-jazz is the ideal compliment to High Pulp’s bedrock on this track. Bobby Granfelt (drums) of High Pulp recalls: “I remember the first time I heard Rising Son [by Takuya Kuroda] back in 2014 when he joined Blue Note [Records] and it was this immediate magnetic reaction. I thought it was such a fresh modern take on jazz that stuck one foot firmly into hip-hop while simultaneously honoring bebop-era roots. Takuya has since become even more experimental - and he has proven that he is not averse to risk-taking - which adds to my respect and admiration for him as an artist. I know the rest of the band feels the same way, and I think when you put that all together, it’s no surprise that Takuya immediately popped into my head as a collaborator for High Pulp." Going back a bit further, High Pulp’s story begins in 2017 when the band hosted a weekly jam session at Seattle’s historic jazz club The Royal Room. The energy from these sessions became the high-octane infusion that led to their debut album Bad Juice (June 2018) and the follow-up Light Fix EP (November 2019). High Pulp then signed with UK-based label KingUnderground to create a three volume work titled Mutual Attraction. The first and second volumes have debuted (November 2020 & June 2021), whereas the third and final entry in this series - Mutual Attraction Vol. 3 - will arrive on wax this fall for Record Store Day (November 26, 2021).
High Pulp