- 29 Aug 23
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Acclaimed Northern Irish musician David Lyttle has shared the single 'I Thought You Knew', featuring legendary Detroit rapper Frank Nitt of Frank-n-Dank.
It’s the producer’s latest hip-hop offering in a prolific six months which has included the release of five beat tapes, a jazz album and an international tour.
In July, Lyttle shared his EP Bandit, which follows a “villain’s journey of love, reflection and regret”.
While primarily recognised as a jazz drummer, Lyttle is no stranger to high profile rap collaborations.
His 2012 album Interlude enlisted the services of Mercury-nominated Soweto Kinch and iconic ‘Soulquarian’ bassist Pino Palladino. 2015’s follow-up Faces saw him work alongside Talib Kweli.
Lyttle caught the attention of rapper Frank Nitt on Instagram recently and the pair immediately got to work on new music.
He was a permanent fixture at Dilla’s basement studio in Detroit, rubbing shoulders with visitors such as Eryka Badu, Common and Questlove.
“I’ve been into hip-hop even longer than I have jazz and when I first heard J Dilla and became spellbound by his rhythm, use of samples and the tone of his productions, I became almost the same kind of fanatic I am about jazz,” said Lyttle.
“Through Dilla I very quickly discovered Frank-n-Dank and I tested my first hip-hop beats using an acappella on a Frank-n-Dank 12 inch. I love Frank’s voice and flow and he’s part of American music history. It’s a real honour to have been able to collaborate with him.”