This week it's an Alpha Pup Records takeover with an extended show lead by Ronald Bruner Jr., a Grammy award-winning jazz drummer, composer and producer who began his professional career at the age of 15, performing with the Theolonius Monk Institute, which opened doors to perform with many great artists such as Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, and others. At the age of eighteen, Ronald Bruner Jr. began performing with jazz legend Kenny Garrett. Since then, Ronald’s career has excelled at a rapid rate, encompassing jazz to punk rock, which eventually put him in the company of the band Suicidal Tendencies. Stints with Prince and Stevie Wonder would also become beacons of light for his exploration in many music spheres. As a 2011 Grammy Award winner for best contemporary jazz album, he's since worked with iconic artists such as Stanley Clarke, Chaka Khan, Flying Lotus, Kenny Garrett, and Alan Holdsworth. The acclaim would continue into the 2010s, featuring on the highly praised Kendrick Lamar album To Pimp A Butterfly and one of its lead out singles. Ronald launched his debut album Triumph on World Galaxy / Alpha Pup Records in spring of 2017, featuring Mac Miller, Thundercat, George Duke, Taylor Graves, and Danielle Withers. Ronald has recently been touring the world with artists such as Chaka Khan and Kamasi Washington and is finishing up work on his sophomore album for World Galaxy / Alpha Pup Records. With a mix kicking off with a track from his album alongside his brother Thundercat and featuring just some of his influences, he told us;
"This is only the beginning of the depth of me!" - Ronald Bruner Jr.
In Hour 2 it's Los Angeles based Alpha Pup Records who have served as a record label and distribution network for over a decade now, bridging gaps between a multitude of genres and lifestyles. Venturing into 2018 and the label and its distribution components have expanded greatly since the beginning. Alpha Pup has added imprints owned by iconic indie artists such as Milo (Ruby Yacht), Odd Nosdam (Burnco Recs), Jonwayne (Authors Recording Co.), Mr. Carmack (Forward Thinkers Group), Machinedrum (IAMSIAM), and Flying Lotus (Brainfeeder). On the label side, Alpha Pup Records continues to unearth the legacies of artists across the electronic spectrum and find unique releases that have stood the test of time. The core to Alpha Pup Records has expanded to include the jazz imprint World Galaxy, ushering in new releases from a plethora of Los Angeles based artists. This special Alpha Pup mix for Solid Steel highlights these many worlds and is an outline of the culture the label will continue to build on.