Rebellum: The Darknuss

Cover art for Burnt Sugar- Rebellum the Darknuss
2014 : AvantGroidd Musica

In 2014, the Burnt Sugar Arkestra to introduced it’s avant funk & roll splinter cell … REBELLUM.
Gripping the sum of REBELLUM’s parts LIVE demands one apprehends these factions: The two-part super-fly vocal frontline of Mikel Banks & Shelley Nicole; those ace riddim section companeras, The Buckeye Bass Mack – Jared Michael Nickerson & our 主要 Man from Japan on Kick & Snare – Hiroyuki “Matsu” Matsuura, guitar hero – Ben Tyree, Bari Sax Goddess for TVOR & Nick Waterhouse –  ‘Moist’ Paula Henderson, Billy Ocean Tenor Sax Hooksmith – V. Jeffrey Smith, William Parker Trumpeter of Choice – Lewis ‘Flip’ Barnes, Vernon Reid’s Keyboard Liberator – Leon Gruenbaum.


ON THE RECORDING a gaggle of Special Guests include Abby Dobson, Micah Gaugh, Kim Hill, Marc Cary, Ronny Drayton, Somi, Satch Hoyt, Courtney Bryan, Vernon Reid, Meah Pace, Andre Lassalle, la Bruha Desi la, Mazz Swift and “The Darknuss Co-Producer, Buddhabug Records’ Luqman Brown.

Let us also give a shout-out to our Master Blaster Master-eur Tom Ruff for Asbury Media … Ya Heard!

File under Grown & Sexy Avant-Agit-Pop. The 20 songs on REBELLUM’s debut album “The Darknuss” on their own label, AvantGroidd Musica, burst forth a bloody profusion of exotic trace elements–warped soul harmonies, freedom swing horn play, maggot brained guitar implosions and arkestral loopadelics in the dark.

REBELLUM’s song titles loudly & proudly represent the ranting swoon of their Afro-Futurist insurgency: ”Start Thinking like An Afreakun,” ”The Darknuss,” ”Rock Star Amnesiac,” ”Who’s Loving You Now?,” ”Chains & Water / No Coloureds Allowed,” ”There Is A God (The Singularity)”and ”Young Frankenstank.”

The spirits of Sun Ra, Ron Hardy, Eddie Hazel, Gary Numan and The Emotions are all welcome here.

“The Darknuss” Production Credits:
Produced by Luqman Brown for Buddhabug Records (Harlem N.Y.)
Mastered by Tom Ruff for Asbury Media
Executive Producers: Greg Tate for AvantGroidd Musica & Jared Michael Nickerson for Burnt Sugar Index LLC
Cover Collage by Wangechi Mutu
Photography by Nisha Sondhe
Cover Design by LaRonda Davis
Promo Video by Amy Gail


  1.  Young Frankenstank (feat. Lisala)
  2. Chains & Water / No Coloureds Allowed
  3. Heart Seed (feat. Somi)
  4. Ten Times Left
  5. Somebody to Love You
  6. The Darknuss
  7. Rockstar Amnesiac
  8. Young Frankenstank (feat. Vernon Reid)
  9. Guelph
  10. Spankalick
  11. There Is a God
  12. Somebody to Love You (Beats Version)
  13. Trelle to the Lew
  14. Who’s Loving You Now
  15. Broken
  16. Lawd Knows You Do
  17. Gyuto 18. Start Thinking African
  18. Heart Seed (feat. Ronny Drayton)
  19. Spankalick (Courtney’s Smokehouse Mix)


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