Nine Beats Collective – Nine Beats to the Bar
2. Call ‘Em Out
3. Blessed are the Undead
6. Wild World
9. Child 613
11. Tread Softly
13. Song for the Earth
15. The Beatitudes
16. What Can Love Create?
17. Towards the Sun
18. Letting it Go
20. Nine Beats to the Bar Theme
22. The Way of Peace
23. In Recovery
24. Nine Beats to the Bar
26. Give In to the Love
Nine Beats Collective is a collaboration of world class musicians, artists and songwriters drawn together from across three continents (Europe, North America and Africa) on the trail of exploring the ancient Bible sayings known as ‘the Beatitudes’ – the result is the astonishing ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ album.
The album is a journey of 26 tracks made up of an eclectic soundscape of R&B, soul, rock/pop, acoustic threads, classical, jazz/funk, African vibes and a hint of gospel that searches for the essence of the ‘nine beats’ of the Beatitudes.
In this wild world, Nine Beats Collective have begun to wonder if the Beatitudes might contain the keys of our liberation. These ancient sayings, spoken by Jesus, offer a nine-statement manifesto for a new world order – a counter cultural narrative for our times. A welcome not a weapon., tender not toxic, inviting not divisive. A call for people to live life ‘nine beats to the bar’. In them we hear whispers of another world, the invitation to a path of recovery – whatever your story, whatever your struggle, wherever you find yourself.
‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ is a haunting. A cry. A new Beat
Produced by a huge collection of creatives, artists and activists from all around the world, ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ is a new album from the expansive and talented Nine Beats Collective. An extensive collection of songs and poetry, the release takes a look at today’s political and cultural climate through the framing device of ancient biblical verses known as ‘the Beatitudes’.
Touted as a ‘counter-cultural’ release, this album is a unique window into the thoughts and ideas of all those involved. Spanning an impressive 26 tracks, it’s something of a must-listen. Having heard the full release, it is by turns compelling, frightening, enlightening and uplifting as each artist takes their turn to have their say.
Truth be told, this is unlikely to be troubling any top 40 charts anytime soon thanks to its unusual contact. But this might just be one of the most immediate and essential listens in some time – even if it’s just the once. Unfashionable Male (UK)
An eclectic release from an eclectic group of musicians and writers, ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ is a classy new album from a huge group known as the Nine Beats Collective. Built from collaborations and submissions from all over the world, this 26 track collection is beautiful, hypnotic and – above all – compelling.
Attempting to deliver a positive message about the state of the world and how we can fix it, it won’t be to everyone’s taste. For some its themes will be hard to swallow, while others might lack the patience to take it all in. However, time invested in listening – really listening – to the themes and messages on show here will be rewarded.
This is an unusual project with a positive result. And one that may not be repeated anytime soon. So if you’re an independent music fan looking for something different to wrap your ears around, this is an album to keep an eye out for. indiemusicmag.com (UK)
With a wide cast of characters, this album should be lauded for shedding a light on such a wide array of independent talent.
In short, the Nine Beats Collective is an album which showcases the talents of writers, musicians, poets and troubadours. Each contributor has a unique style, and the songs are each designed to highlight cultural and political issues in the world today.
It makes for a sprawling LP release, totalling an incredible 26 tracks. Such is the passion of the people involved that it makes for a compelling listen through out. If you can’t find something you enjoy in here, you’re not listening. Real Music Network (UK)