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Ray Like Morning

by Michael Beharie

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Moonshiner 01:10
A Stone 03:08
Long Time 03:35
Drizzle 02:37
Sisters 03:00
Ballhead 01:46
Fog 05:08
Jasmine 04:58


Michael Beharie’s Ray Like Morning is a finely sculpted album that sits at the intersection of Caribbean influences from Michael’s Jamaican heritage, pop structures, folk arrangements, granular abstractions, multiple fidelities, and live instrumentation.

Ray Like Morning flips between pop and dub sensibilities. It contains as much acoustic invention (“Drizzle”) as gut-level emotion (“Ballhead”). Sounds oscillate across channels of Michael’s aural ancestry, versioning African polyrhythm (“Before I Fall”), D.C. go-go (“A Stone”), dancehall low end (“One Day feat. Marisa”), anthemic synth pop (“Long Time”), blitzing soca (“Jasmine”), and more.

Michael’s work proudly displays his recombinant aural DNA, splicing sounds across oceans in dramatic new ways. This resulting global music is fundamentally personal, such that only Michael, from his particular aural vantage point in Bedford-Stuyvesant, could have produced it.

Ray By Morning is reinforced by Marisa Beltramini’s vocals, live drums by Yahoteh Kokayi, cello by Ted Rankin-Parker (touring member of Iron and Wine and Primus), and additional live drums and bass by Astro Nautico co-founders Bennett Kuhn (Kuhn) and Sam Obey (Obey City) respectively. Six tracks were mixed by Eben D’Amico. The record was mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering in Brooklyn.


released June 17, 2016


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Michael Beharie Brooklyn, New York

Michael Beharie is a musician based in New York City. His music sits at the imagined intersection between sound system culture, pop transmission and free improvisation.

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