blackwave., the project of producer Willem Ardui and rapper Jay Walker, has a fresh take on soulful hip-hop from the 90s, the golden age of the genre when legends like Mos Def, Black Star, The Roots and The Pharcyde rapped over boom-bap beats and plucked samples from soul, funk and jazz records. By injecting this sound with dash of pop and neo soul, blackwave. upgraded it for the next millennium, polished and sparkling as if new.
Smash hit ‘Elusive’ introduced blackwave. to the general public. Several number 1 hits, MIA-nominations and tv performances later, blackwave.’s star has only risen further. Their debut album ‘ARE WE STILL DREAMING?’, with contribution by Winston Surfshirt, Pell, Benny Sings and Caleborate, showcases international class.
In 2020 Ardui and Walker traveled to LA to start a new project with blackwave. over there. The first singles, ‘Recluse’ and ‘Good Day’, prove there’s even a margin of growth on their already impressive repertory. A blackwave. concert is above all a musical spectacle with a very solid band supporting it all.