The critically acclaimed and award winning instrumental recording duo, Hot Mustard (Jack Powell, Nick Carusos), began to roll out material from their forthcoming sophomore album Seconds (Color Red 3/31/23) this past November when they dropped the first single, “Mustard Green”. This holiday season, HM provides us with another glimpse of the new record with the second single, “Butcher Block”, slated for December 30th. The track features the usual suspects of Brooklyn collaborators, Jordan McLean of Antibalas on trumpet and TV on the Radio trombonist Dave “Smoota” Smith, along with hometown keyboard wizard Ross Bogan of Doom Flamingo and Lureto on organ.
Recently featured on KCRW and KUTX, as well as Relix, Glide Magazine, Jazz Weekly, and also bringing home a Charleston City Paper Music Award (Up & Coming Artist 2021) HM has emerged as one of the hottest and most creative new artists on the scene. The duo draws influence from late 60s/early 70s funk/soul/library music and blends it with the building blocks of golden era boom bap hip-hop resulting in a unique musical identity that is nothing short of astounding and utterly addictive. HM continues to deliver classic material with “Butcher Block”, a powerful anthem popping with punchy brass, funky organ and slick guitar.
"The music video was made from old home movies of random family road trips that I pieced together to capture the vibe of a good old-fashioned American psychedelic desert road trip.” - Jack Powell
In a departure from Powell’s typical animated style of music video, Jack Powell (Opus Thimble) delivers an ultra vibey retro feeling video collage that compliments the track with a simple but beautifully strange narrative. 'Butcher Block' not only serves as riveting second taste of the new album, it yet again provides ample testament to the fact that HM is proving timelessness through musical and visual expression.