Ben Carr’s passion for music is clear. He comes from a long line of musicians—including his father, who played with a host of greats including Bootsy Collins. Within the music industry for over a decade, Carr has worked with artists across genres and sub-genres including Robert Glasper, Kiefer, and Thundercat. With Homegrown, Carr—recording under his Carrtoons alias—crafts an amalgamation of sounds and vibes, weaving jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop together to create a rollercoaster of beats and vocals.
It’s not often that you find an artist that manages to perfectly blend so many genres into one, but Carrtoons pulls it off seemingly with ease. Not only does he channel the spirit of modern funk greats such as El Michels Affair and Dâm-Funk, he also adds his own unique spin on today’s sounds through a combination of soulful vocals from choice guest singers and ridiculously catchy melodies. The sound is crisp and modern but the vibe is pure old school soul. Throw in some stellar guest appearances from Nigel Hall, Tennishu and DJ Harrison, to name a few, and you’ve got one of the funnest albums to come out all year.