On Friday, January 19, singer-songwriter and producer SiR will release November, his full-length debut on Top Dawg Entertainmentand the follow-up to 2017's Her Too EP.
Following the album's release, the Los Angeles native will be at the center of the conversation, but the project would have never come together over the past year without the contributions of nine producers, who, along with SiR, crafted a dreamy soundscape that, according to Pitchfork, is a "neo-soul-tinged space odyssey."
Just like we did for his Her Too EP, let's meet them all, shall we?
Credits: "Summer in November"
Harris is a GRAMMY-award winning producer from Philadelphia, PA, who has spent the past two-plus decades working with the biggest names in R&B—including Michael Jackson, Usher, Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Ciara, Chris Brown and Miguel—both individually and as a duo with former production partner Vidal Davis. This is the second time Harris has worked with SiR, following Her Too standout "Ooh Nah Nah." In addition to a recent placement ("True") on British R&B artist Daley's sophomore album, The Spectrum, Harris has been spotted in the studio with Pooh Bear and Seal.
Credits: "Gone," "Better"
Khalil, a Los Angeles-raised native of Seattle, Washington, is a former DJ (hence his alias) turned producer and one-half of the duo Self Scientific with MC Chace Infinite, who, over the past 11 years, has crafted seven Billboard Hot 100 entries, including Aloe Blacc's "The Man" (No. 8), Eminem's "Survival" (No. 16) and Dr. Dre's "Kush" (No. 34). While "Gone" and "Better" represent the first two collaborations between SiR and Khalil, the producer did nab a credit on Kendrick Lamar's 2012 major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city ("County Building Blues"). Khalil, who is signed to Dre's Aftermath imprint—one of three labels that Kendrick calls home—was quite active in 2017, producing singles for Logic ("Black Spiderman"), A$AP Ferg ("East Coast") and Big Boi ("Mic Jack"); three album tracks on Joey Bada$$' All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ album; and standout selections on Big K.R.I.T.'s 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time ("Aux Cord") and Eminem's Revival ("Castle").
Los Angeles via Baltimore producer D.K. The Punisher is no stranger to working with TDE, having chipped in production credits on SiR's Her Too EP cuts "The Canvas" and "Ooh Nah Nah" and Isaiah Rashad's The Sun's Tirade ("Dressed Like Rappers"). D.K. and SiR first met at a songwriting camp in Los Angeles, which is where the pair realized they wanted to work with one another. "We were just working everyday, writing shit for other people, and we ended up getting such a good chemistry, we said yo, why not just work with each other?" D.K. explained in a 2015 interview. On top of his work with Top Dawg and co., which includes Jay Rock's forthcomingInterscope debut, the multi-Platinum beatmaker has also crafted soundscapes for Justin Bieber ("All That Matters"), Mac Miller ("Uhh, MostDope") and Anderson .Paak ("The City"). D.K., who released an EP entitled Castle this past December, is currently signed to producer Andre Harris, who also has a production credit ("Summer In November") on November.
Credits: "Never Home"
If you Google Haiyib's name, you'll come up empty, but that's because the young French producer earned his very first album placement for November, connecting with SiR after the songbird put out a call to arms on social media for production options.
Credits: "Dreaming of Me"
Born in London, England, record producer, composer and songwriter Harmony D. Samuels is no stranger to R&B album liner notes, having built up a discography that includes work with Chris Brown ("Say It With Me"), Ariana Grande ("The Way"), Jennifer Hudson ("Think Like a Man") and Keyshia Cole ("Enough of No Love"), among countless others. Samuels got his start Stateside after he was discovered by legendary music producer Rodney Jerkins. In 2011, Samuels opened his very own recording studio in Los Angeles—the fittingly named London Bridge Studios—where he has recorded full-length albums for Brandy, Fifth Harmony and Michelle Williams. In a 2015 interview with Billboard, Samuels made clear, "I’m not an urban producer, I’m a music producer," a mission he appears intent on continuing this year through a wide range of collaborations.
Credits: "That's Alright"
Since 2011, Los Angeles producer Jason “J.LBS” Pounds has been a TDE favorite, working with almost every artist on the roster. After winning over the TDE crew while working on the set for ScHoolboy Q’s “PHenomenon” video shoot, Pounds placed "Boomerang" on Jay Rock's Follow Me Home debut and the rest is history. Over the past six years, the Roc Nation signee's resume includes Kendrick Lamar's heralded “Cartoon & Cereal,” Isaiah Rashad's SiR-assisted "Rope," Q's “Kno Ya Wrong” and Rock's "Jumbo." Pounds, whose father played drums on Stevie Wonder’s iconic 1976 album Songs In the Key of Life, has also worked with Dr. Dre and Dom Kennedy, as well as fellow producers DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Rahki, and production duo THC. Pounds was mum on forthcoming collaborations when he spoke with DJBooth last year for our Beat Break series, but on Instagram, he has been spotted working with Rapsody and 9th Wonder in the studio.
Credits: "Your Love"
Record producer Mndsgn (born Ringgo Ancheta) has spent the past eight years experimenting with hip-hop and electronic production, a creative path that led the Jersey-born and San Diego-raised beatmaker to befriend fellow producer Knxwledge. Soon thereafter, Mnd moved to Los Angeles and struck a deal with Stones Throw, an independent label that has released several of his14 solo projects. In addition to producing his own material, the Mndsgn has worked with Danny Brown ("Sweeney Song" from Classic Drug References, Vol. 1), Jonwayne ("Sandals" from Rap Album One) and Quelle Chris ("Popeye" from Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often). In addition to kicking off 2018 with a production credit on SiR's November, Mnd will be headed down under later this month, touring Austrailia and New Zealand from January 25 through February 10.
Credits: "Something New"
Rascal is a German producer who first arrived on our radar when he co-produced "Juke Jam" with Peter Cottontale, a standout selection from Chance The Rapper's GRAMMY-winning mixtape Coloring Book. When Rascal is not working on his own instrumental tracks or remixing popular hits, he can be spotted in the studio with 2018 GRAMMY nominee GoldLink. "Something New," which features guest vocals by Etta Bond, is Rascal's first official album placement with TDE.
Credits: "Something Foreign," "I Know"
If the name Saxon Warman doesn't sound familiar, that's because it's not. If you visit the young producer's SoundCloud, it appears he and Saxon, the English heavy metal band formed in 1977, are one in the same. Rest assured they are not. "The rock music isn't mine... I can't remove it," he wrote in his bio. A native of Folkestone, London, Saxon arrives on our collective radar with not one, but two placements on SiR's TDE debut.