Makaya McCraven ‎– Universal Beings

2 × Vinyl, LP, Album


New York Side
A1 A Queen's Intro
A2 Holy Lands
A3 Young Genius
A4 Black Lion
A5 Tall Tales
A6 Mantra
Chicago Side
B1 Pharaoh's Intro
B2 Atlantic Black
B3 Inner Flight
B4 Wise Man, Wiser Woman
B5 Prosperity's Fear
London Side
C1 Flipped Out
C2 Voila
C3 Suite Haus
C4 The Newbies Lift Off
C5 The Royal Outro
Los Angeles Side
D1 The Count Off
D2 Butterss's
D3 Turtle Tricks
D4 The Fifth Monk
D5 Brighter Days Beginning
D6 Universal Beings

Companies, etc.



New York Side: Recorded August 29th, 2017, at H0I0 in Ridgewood, New York.
Chicago Side: Recorded September 2nd, 2017, at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois.
London Side: Recorded October 19th, 2017, at Total Refreshment Studios in Stoke Newington, London, UK.
Los Angeles Side: Recorded January 30th, 2018, at Jeff Parker's House in Altadena, California.

Gatefold vinyl with obi strip and insert.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 603784912066
  • Barcode (Printed): 6 03784 91206 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A): 177736E1/A PIRATES PRESS – IARC0022-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B): 177736E2/A PIRATES PRESS – IARC0022-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout C): 177736E3/A PIRATES PRESS – IARC0022-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout D): 177736E4/A PIRATES PRESS – IARC0022-D


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September 3, 2020
edited 3 months ago
Makaya can play, for sure... and the sound is nice on this - although my copy was scratched and jumping first time out, so I had to return it - but this music is pretty much dead on the slab, to me... too many live loops that go nowhere. There's lots of 'mood', but very little inspiration. It's just a 'meh' from me. There's far more interesting jazz out there currently being played and made, and let's hope the direction jazz takes over the next decade is much richer and more vibrant than this! This is a dead end.


March 19, 2020

Great piece to own on vinyl. Soundstage is pretty good and Makaya and Joel Ross shine. Album artwork is topnotch and will create a great vintage piece on appearance alone. Super glad to have in the collection


February 13, 2020
Late to the party. But this GREAT music on my copy(3rd pressing), is as far as i can understand pressed at pallas, nr 51823.Other matrix doesnt match either.
Just decided as mr december to get this, again GREAT release on vinyl. Some surface noice, but music gets the attention.
Happy customer.


December 31, 2019

As if you needed another reason to buy this album on vinyl...the packaging is superb. Beautiful gatefold with art all over the place, including well-designed innersleeves and a record label band around part of the gatefold. Thanks to International Anthem Recording Company for presenting this amazing project.

I must have streamed this a couple dozen times before I realized I had to own it. One of the best jazz albums I've heard in a while. I was able to see the band this year and I can't wait to catch them again soon.


December 18, 2018
Just received and listened to the second pressing of this on black vinyl. My copy is super quiet and very clean. Great pressing and separation of instruments. The vinyl soundstages very well, but whether you buy this on vinyl or stream it, you should listen to this album ... it's where jazz (and hip-hop, and R&B/soul) is headed for the next decade, and it's a great direction.