Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings

Label:International Anthem Recording Company – IARC0022
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album


New York Side
A1A Queen's Intro
A2Holy Lands
A3Young Genius
A4Black Lion
A5Tall Tales
Chicago Side
B1Pharaoh's Intro
B2Atlantic Black
B3Inner Flight
B4Wise Man, Wiser Woman
B5Prosperity's Fear
London Side
C1Flipped Out
C3Suite Haus
C4The Newbies Lift Off
C5The Royal Outro
Los Angeles Side
D1The Count Off
D3Turtle Tricks
D4The Fifth Monk
D5Brighter Days Beginning
D6Universal Beings

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Packaged in a gatefold sleeve with an Obi strip and a 4-page printed insert booklet.
Each LP comes in a label-branded inner sleeve.

New York Side: Recorded August 29th, 2017, at H0I0 in Ridgewood, Queens, 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.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

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

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Universal Beings (2×LP, Limited Edition, Bone White & Black)International Anthem Recording CompanyIARC0022US2018
Universal Beings (2×CD, Album, Stereo)International Anthem Recording CompanyIARC 0022US2018
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Universal Beings (2×CD, Album)P-Vine RecordsPCD-18850/1Japan2018
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Universal Beings (2×CD, Album, Promo)International Anthem Recording CompanyIARC 0022US2018
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Universal Beings (2×CD, Album, Promo, paper sleeve)P-Vine RecordsPCD-18850/1Japan2018



  • ScriptSimon's avatar
    Edited 3 years 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.
    • dbs_spesial's avatar
      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.
      • scannypack's avatar
        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.
        • DenverDude's avatar
          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.


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