Kamasi Washington Releases Arcade Game-Inspired Track, "Street Fighter Mas"

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Kamasi Washington Releases Arcade Game-Inspired Track, "Street Fighter Mas"

Kamasi Washington’s sophomore album Heaven and Earth is due out June 22, and Washington has just released another new song in anticipation.

“Street Fighter Mas” is inspired by the time Washington spent playing arcade games growing up. “We used to go to this place called Rexall to play Street Fighter,” he recalls. “At Rexall, there would be different people from different hoods there playing the game. It was the one place that was like an equalizer.”

Washington said he would joke that he needed a theme song for when he walked in to play Street Fighter, so the song arose from that concept—similar to a boxer’s entrance song.

“Street Fighter Mas” is the third song to be released from the record, and is perhaps the least intimidating. Washington’s debut album The Epic, released back in 2015, had numerous songs over ten minutes in length, but all of the tracks on 2017 EP Harmony of Difference were under five minutes except for one. So coming off of that more recent release, “Street Fighter Mas,” which clocks in around six minutes, seems more familiar than the two previous releases, which averaged about ten minutes each.

A two-part record, the songs previously released open each half of Heaven and Earth. “Fists of Fury” leads the first half (Earth) and “The Space Travelers Lullaby” leads the second half (Heaven); they were accompanied by scenes inspired by a Heaven and Earth film project that will be released later in the year.

In the record’s arrangement, it aims to capture a duality of existence and express that we are both the creators and creations of our reality. “The Earth side of this album represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The Heaven side of this album represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me,” Washington said.

“Street Fighter Mas” is included on the Heaven side of the album. You can watch its music video preview and Washington’s Paste Studio performance below, and check out his tour dates further down.

When I was young, I was obsessed with Street Fighter! I thought I was going to be a professional gamer, so I made a theme song. I still imagine it playing when I walk into a tournament, kind of like I’m entering a boxing ring. Street Fighter Mas is available everywhere now! Link in bio. : @a.g.rojas

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Kamasi Washington Tour Dates:

30 – Brussels, Belgium @ Salle De La Madeleine

01 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
02 – Hamburg, Germany @ Elbjazz Festival
03 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
15 – New York, N.Y. @ Forest Hills Stadium*
16 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Rock the Garden
23 – Pasadena, Calif. @ Arroyo Seco
24 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
25 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
29 – Waitsfield, Vt. @ Friendly Gathering
30 – Montreal, Quebec @ Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

12 – Berkeley, Calif. @ Greek Theater†
25 – Detroit, Mich. @ Chene Park Amphitheater

04 – Dublin, Ireland @ Beatyard Festival
05 – Oxfordshire, U.K. @ Wilderness Festival
07 – Mainz, Germany @ Frankfurter Hof Mainz @ Zitadelle Mainz
09 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Jazz Middelheim
10 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ HAVEN
11 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Way Out West
12 – Helsinki, Finland @ FLOW
18 – Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonic Festival
19-20 – Tokyo, Japan @ Billboard Live
21 – Osaka, Japan @ Big Cat
31 – Willemstad, Curacao @ North Sea Jazz Curacao

23 – San Diego, Calif. @ Viejas Arena‡
25 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl‡
29 – Dallas, Texas @ Pavilion at Toyota Factory‡
30 – Houston, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion‡

17 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Showbox
18 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
19 – San Francisco, Calif. @ TBA
20 – San Luis Obispo, Calif. @ Fremont Theater
22 – Santa Fe, N.M. @ Meow Wolf
24 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
25 – Aspen, Colo. @ Belly Up
26 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre
27 – Boulder, Colo. @ Boulder Theater
29 – Kansas City, Mo. @ The Truman
31 – Iowa City, Iowa @ The Englert Theatre

01 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ TBA
02 – Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee
03 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
05 – Toronto, Calif. @ Sony Centre for The Performing Arts
07 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre
08 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale
09 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Electric Factory
10 – Washington D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre
14 – Richmond, Va. @ The National
15 – Raleigh, N.C. @ The Ritz
16 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Marathon Music Works
17 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Buckhead Theatre

(* = with Alt-J)
(† = with Sylvan Esso)
(‡ = with Florence + The Machine)

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