The 15-song collection includes the timeless opener “Never Meant To Hurt You,” a well distanced reflection on his one-time love that was recently featured in the film Powder Blue starring Forest Whitaker and Jessica Biel. The album also features the upbeat pop of “Beautiful Uncertainty” about taking risks and living life again; the soul destined classic “Piece De Resistance,” a ballad about fighting the state of the world with love and truth; the unique reggae-based soul song “Comin’ Undone,” and the “Velvet mix” of the acoustic “This Heaven,” written to honour late great snowboarder Craig Kelly in the film Let It Ride, which won best film and best soundtrack at 2007’s Utah’s X-Dance Film Festival.
From there, he formed the legendary Velvet, an experimental, vibey, improv unit that crossed into dance/DJ culture. Kuba’s Sunday night residency with the ever-changing line-up of musicians (including then-unknown Nelly Furtado) sold out every week. Velvet released a series of live recordings and 12-inches and became so big that record companies came knocking. But suddenly, Kuba pulled back and disappeared.
He resurfaced, citing “girl problems” for his vanishing act. The experience had armed him with demo’s for his first solo album. “It’s funny what a little heartache can do. Some pretty good songs can result,” Kuba laughs. Those songs included “Ride On,” “Miss You So Bad”, “Whatever Tomorrow Brings” and “Every Day That Goes By,” songs that were re-recorded for this official solo debut, How Much Time.
“Most of this record was done off the floor,” says Kuba, “just old school stylings, the way they would have done old Stones or Motown. The deal with the guys was if this doesn’t go down in three takes, then the song isn’t making the record.”
So the ones that made the record — all 15, including the remix — are a stellar collection that bridges sounds, styles and eras. How Much Time is, indeed, time well spent.
released September 29, 2009
01 Never Meant To Hurt You ~ K. Oms/D. Glover
02 Beautiful Uncertainty ~ K. Oms
03 Every Day That Goes By ~ K. Oms/D. Glover
04 Comin' Undone ~ K. Oms/M. Ellis
05 In The Mood ~ K. Oms/D. Glover
06 Piece De Resistance ~ K. Oms/M. Ellis
07 How Much Time ~ K. Oms
08 Miss You So Bad ~ K. Oms
09 Ride On ~ K. Oms/L. Grisewood/K. Nordstrom
10 This Heaven ~ K. Oms
11 Brotherman ~ K. Oms
12 Wonderful ~ K. Oms/D. Glover
13 Whatever Tomorrow Brings ~ K. Oms/C. Injeti
14 Wherever You Are ~ K. Oms/C. Injeti
15 This Heaven feat. dbClifford (Velvet Mix) ~ K. Oms/D. Clifford/D. Paul
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