Nate Smith
Kinfolk 2: See the Birds

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Out now - Limited Edition Pink Vinyl, Super Limited Edition Cassette (100 only) and CD.

Release date: 17 September 2021

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Nate Smith Recruits Special Guests Vernon Reid, Brittany Howard, Kokayi, Joel Ross, Michael Mayo, Stokley, Amma Whatt and Regina Carter for Kinfolk 2, the successor to his Grammy-nominated debut.

Credits and About

Nate Smith drums, keyboards, percussion

Brad Allen Williams guitar

Fima Ephron bass

Jaleel Shaw saxophone

Jon Cowherd piano, rhodes, hammond B-3 organ

Guest Personnel

Brittany Howard vocals on “Fly (for Mike)”

Amma Whatt vocals on “I Burn For You”

Joel Ross vibraphone on “Altitude” and “See The Birds”

Kokayi vocals on “Square Wheel” and “Band Room Freestyle”

Michael Mayo vocals on “Square Wheel”, “Altitude” and “See The Birds”

Regina Carter violin on “Collision”

Stokley vocals on “Don’t Let Me Get Away”

Vernon Reid guitar on “Rambo: The Vigilante”

All songs composed by Nate Smith (Penelope’s Boudoir ASCAP) except:

“Square Wheel” written by Nate Smith, C. Walker, Michael Mayo (Penelope’s Boudoir ASCAP/Pho13 Myuzik SESAC/Michael Mayo Music ASCAP)
“Band Room Freestyle” written by Nate Smith and C. Walker (Penelope’s Boudoir ASCAP/Pho13 Myuzik SESAC)
“Don’t Let Me Get Away” written by Nate Smith and Amma Whatt Agyapon (Penelope’s Boudoir ASCAP/Amma King’s Daughter Music BMI)
“I Burn For You” written by Sting
“See The Birds” written by Nate Smith and Michael Mayo (Penelope’s Boudoir ASCAP/Michael Mayo Music ASCAP)
“Fly (for Mike)” written by Nate Smith and Brittany Howard

Produced by Nate Smith
Executive producer Dave Stapleton
Visit www.editionrecords.com

Mixed by Adrian Olsen at Montrose Recording, Richmond, VA
Mastered by Alex De Turk at Bunker Studios, BK

Recorded by Chris Allen at Sear Sound, NYC and Aaron Nevezie and Todd Carder at Bunker Studios, Brooklyn. Additional recording by Dan Davis at Brown Owl Studios, Nashville and Adrian Olsen at Montrose Recording, Richmond, VA. Additional overdubs and editing by Nate Smith at The Crib, Nashville.

Cover and Insert photography by Laura Hanifin. Album artwork by Oli Bentley, Split

Nate Smith plays Ludwig drums, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drum heads and Vic Firth sticks.

Kinfolk 2: See the Birds is the highly anticipated follow up to the 2017 Grammy-nominated album Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere. Featuring the diverse and all-star talents of Brittany Howard, Amma Whatt, Joel Ross, Kokayi, Michael Mayo, Regina Carter, Stokley and Vernon Reid, Kinfolk 2: See the Birds is the inspired and emphatic album that exemplifies Nate’s artistry as one of the most exciting, dynamic and innovative drummer-composers of his generation, adept across multi-genres and styles. Taking inspiration from his teenage years spent absorbing the diverse and eclectic riches of Prince, Michael Jackson and Living Colour. Kinfolk 2: See the Birds is a multi-faceted jewel and is set to be one of the most significant albums of 2021.

Four years after drummer, composer, and bandleader Nate Smith released his Grammy-nominated debut, he’s releasing its thematic follow-up, Kinfolk 2: See The Birds.  In the interim, he’s released two other projects: 2020’s R&B-laden EP, Light and Shadow, and 2018’s breakbeat solo drums LP, Pocket Change.  

Smith sees Kinfolk as a trilogy that charts his evolution as musician. The first record touched upon his childhood in Chesapeake, Virginia, and the music that he absorbed in his home. Kinfolk 2 continues that narrative, offering an impressionistic portrait of his teenage years when he made the decision to become a musician. During this time, he was checking out a lot of music associated with the Black Rock Coalition such as Living Colour, Fishbone, and 24-7 Spyz, in addition to other pioneering acts such as Bad Brains, King’s X, Prince, and Sting. Smith was also listening to a lot of hip-hop as well as the emerging neo-soul that flowered in the 1990s. 

Kinfolk 2 is no throwback album, however. Smith reconciles his influences from his teen years with the modern jazz sensibilities that he’s demonstrated with not just his solo material but as a sideman with a roster of jazz titans that includes guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Dave Holland, and saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Chris Potter. 

In fact, Smith cites his long tenure with Potter’s Underground band for being an incubator for him to develop his distinguishable drumming approach, which often combines crisp, funky, head-nodding grooves with flinty modern jazz interactive improvisation. 

More Info:

– Only 300 copies of the Limited Edition Numbered and Blue Coloured Vinyl are available, exclusive only to Edition Records.

– NEW re-press now on-pre-order!

– Collector’s Edition Cassette tape limited to 100 copies worldwide.


“…his drumming is a marvel unto itself. Humid and broad of palette, it has the rare ability to dial up the complexity and the sensitivity at
the same time.”

The New York Times

"...a great album from drummer Nate Smith...that was unreal for me!" "What a tune!"

Gilles Peterson - BBC 6 Music


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