The name “Sevadar Sehaj” is just one example of Sehaj’s ability to adapt a wide range of influences into his sound and style. One of the foundations for his eclectic tastes is built on his love for record digging.
This love was born out of his early interest in sample-based hip hop production, but surprisingly, those old 60's and 70's-era funk and soul records ended up having a bigger impact on the artist's sound and his knack for songwriting and storytelling.
That inspiration is tangible in the producer/singer's forthcoming "Blue Bridge" EP -- a crunchy, croony, head-knocking debut effort, expected for wide release in May 2016.
The vibe is 90's boom bap infused with 70's soul and 30's blues. And the sounds crunch like candy thunder in your ear. With a balanced mix of all these styles Sevadar Sehaj introduces a sound that stands on its own.
Via Blue Bridge, Sehaj's voice wanders through soundscapes with a smoky quality and yet his lyrics beg for attention. Like a drifter on every composition, Sehaj looks to hitch a ride into the ears of listeners who can appreciate a true original.
Sehaj illuminates Blue Bridge with an RnB drawl alla Bobby Caldwell and lyrical depth reminiscent of Eliot Smith.
Other discernible notes of influence include The Black Keys, Sly and the Family Stone, Elliot Smith, Citizen Cope, Aloe Blacc, Gil Scott Heron, A Tribe Called Quest, and Brother Ali.
Blue Bridge is co-signed by highly-regarded indie hip hop head and fellow Minneapolis native, Medium Zach of Big Quarters, who also mixed and mastered the record. Jazz pianist and Hip Hop Producer Javi Santiago(who has most recently worked with Minneapolis rapper Greg Grease) also lends his production talents on three of the songs.
With percussion that rings like the last bit of change jangling around in your pocket, and bass heavier than Baby Huey, Blue Bridge is like a tight rope in which Sehaj is able to balance between being heavy hearted and light footed. Before the death of anyone’s evening Blue Bridge is well worth more than one listen.