Our new playlist celebrates some of the most widely known music made with the Seaboard and BLOCKS. The songs span a huge range of genres, and you may not know that ROLI instruments have found their way into some of the biggest tracks of the past few years.
The Seaboard RISE helped shape the sound of Views by Drake, an iconic album of 2016 and the first to be streamed a over billion times on Apple Music. Veteran producer and Drake collaborator Noah “40” Shebib used the Seaboard RISE to add thick R&B layers to the track “Faithful”.
Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper, winner of the “Best Rap Album” Grammy Award was another instant classic that boomed from everyone’s speakers in 2016. Producer Peter CottonTale used the Seaboard RISE on “All We Got”, a song that features none other than Yeezy himself, Kanye West.
While the RISE has been behind the scenes in the studios of the world’s leading hip-hop producers, the Seaboard GRAND has taken center stage on screen. Ryan Gosling performed a blistering solo in “Start A Fire”, a track from in the Academy Award-winning film La La Land. Back in 2015, the Seaboard GRAND Limited First Edition featured in the music video for "Pressure Off" by synth-rockers Duran Duran and disco pioneer Nile Rodgers.
The first track to ever be created entirely on BLOCKS was “No Refuge” by London-based electronic duo PARISI, featuring poignant vocals from Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. Read more about the song and its mission to raise money for the United Nations Refugee Agency here. Performing on BLOCKS and the Seaboard, Marco and Jack Parisi also contributed to the new will.i.am single "FIYAH”.
There’s plenty more to explore across a truly diverse set of genres. Whether it’s sounds from progressive rock titans Dream Theater, UK Grime stalwart Kano, modern jazz virtuoso Bill Laurance, or Indian fusion master A. R. Rahman, our playlist shows that the Seaboard and BLOCKS work with pretty much any kind of music you can imagine!
Listen to the playlist in full below, and follow roli_radio on Spotify for future updates to this list. Who knows what future classic will be created with ROLI instruments next?