Hello, My name is Alby Cohen. I am a music producer and recording engineer with relationships at various studios all over Brooklyn and New York City across all budget levels. I was once a touring musician but these days I find pleasure in helping other musicians achieve their own goals. take a look around and let me know if there is anything I can help you with. Your music is my passion.
Moving to Greener Pastures
I have decided to move to a new facility closer to my home. Whitewater Studios is a brand spanking new room that looks and feels like its been around for 50 years. Sporting 2 inch and 1/4″ Studer Machines as well as Neve and TL Audio consoles, 6 pultec style EQs, every compressor you can imagine, and outboard pres for even more color. This place is a big change for me and I am very excited to give you all a tour and show you around.
Tracking the Hit maker Bernard Purdie @Whitewater studios
My buddy Dan Dubelman (Dr. Dan’s Music Show) on a project he is producing for Sista Shree. He is friends with the the Hitmaker and brought him into the session. It was a amazing tracking the hit maker in such an amazing room.
Pharoahe Monch released his first single off the upcoming album PTSD entitled “Damage.” The pic below was taken right at the top of the hook where he says “OOOOOOOO, Listen to the way I slay.” Fun session. Dig the Loggins and Messina shirt too
Tracking drums for Break Science’s next album @ Whitewater Studios
Tried out a new studio last night. Whitewater Studios located in the B Room of the Studio G facility in Greenpoint. What an amazing room sound. With needless to say a phenomenal drummer in Adam Deitch killing it.
After producing five songs for Zak Smith earlier this year, I am back it with another round. We started vocal tracking. Eventually we will add new instruments and then on to mixing. Feeling some Jersey pride on this project.
Back in June for about a week, Talib Kweli came in a recorded a bunch of tracks for the Attack The Block Mixtape. The album dropped today. He picked out some other tracks that were done during the recording of Prisoner of Conscience (Blacksmith/EMI) due out very soon. On a track i recorded with him much earlier, “To The Music” (with 9th Wonder) Kweli gives me a shout out. Another track with Tracy Chapman and Jessica Moore called “Fly Away” has string arrangements written by myself, Gene Back and Chad Hammer. A true honor. Click the pic to download the mixtape.
Click album art to download mixtape
“Fly Away” – Talib Kweli (I recorded most vocals and all live instrumetns, I arranged strings with Chad Hammer and Gene Back
“The The Music” – Talib Kweli with 9th Wonder (I recorded all vocals and live instruments…dig the shout out 45 seconds in)
Watch out for this band. Progressive and hard like Mars Volta interspersed with lush melodies and technical acumen. Piano, Violin, Guitar and Drums. They are quite everywhere and most of their songs hover near or over the 6 minute mark. Stay tuned for Pistols 40 Paces.
Alby Cohen gets props from Talib Kweli in Electronic Musician Magazine for Idle Warship Album.
Electronic Musician interviewed Idle Warship (Talib Kweli and Res). I got a little space in the article talking about some tools I used, and Kweli gave me a huge shout out. He called me a “Total Music Geek” who really gets into what he is working on.
Brought in some friends to come and help out my buddy Zak Smith on his upcoming album. I brought in Mela Machinko (vocals), Matt Whyte (keys), and Thomas Bryan Eaton (Mandolin and Pedal Steel). All in a day’s work.
Zak Smith and I are working on a bunch of songs over the next year. He recorded most of the basics a while back, I am bringing in some other arrangement ideas and will be mixing everything. Looking forward to seeing this thing through.
Rough Magic Studios has moved its recording operation over to [the end]. I will be working mainly out of Rough Magic for a while but eventually I will begin working out of [the end]. Really excited about the move.
Arranging and recording strings for three songs on Talib Kweli’s upcoming album
After doing helping Talib Kweli out with “Rat Race” off of the Idle Warship album back in November, he approached me about doing strings for four more songs slated for his upcoming album. The usual suspects of Gene Back and Chad Hammer Helped me out on songs like, “Hamster Wheel,” “She’s Got That Ticket,” and “Mic Check,”
Alby Tracking “Mic Check” on Prisoner of Conscience
Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio) came in to Rough Magic and worked with me for the last week or so on a follow up to his debut Rain Machine album. I look forward to working with him and seeing where we go. Been a great week.
Talib Kweli here for the last three days with Black Star in last night
Had a pretty good back to back to back run of sessions with Kweli. The first two were putting touch ups on tracks from Prisoner of Conscience. Last Night, Blacks Star, meaning Yasiin popped in for a few hours. They were working on a track either for Kweli’s album or mixtape called “Closing Hymn.”
Alby is tracking and doing string arrangement for Idle Warship
Been working with Idle Warhsip in and off for a few years. Now I am helping track most of their album. On a specific track, “Rat Race” I suggested that perhaps strings be added. He said “good ideal, let’s do it tomorrow.” After a few hours, I had my two friends Gene Back (Violin) and Chad Hammer (Cello)
So that track that I sang background vocals on for Pharoahe Monch….well, it was a replay of a random King Crimson song. Apparently King Crimson’s lawyers thought that the song was a blatant rip from the originally recorded track. They particually focused in on the background vocals. Apparently my shit was so good they thought it was theirs. Speaking of Pharoahe Monch, we were just cutting some tracks today at my spot.
Rough Magic clients The Kobolds released their sophmore effort EP II today. The 5 song EP was tracked, mixed and mastered at Rough Magic Studios. I produced and engineered and R.E. Thuggz mixed and mastered. The Kodolds allowed me to bring in some awesome session musicians for strings (Meredith Mitchell, Erika Smith), Horns (Lakecia Benjamin, Maurice Brown, Mark Williams, and Chelsea Baratz) and Keys and Synths (Borahm Lee and Arina Ayzen). Check out the video from their EP a song called “The Grind”
Went from working with 0 Hollywood actors to two in one day. Last night the Legendary Mos Def came by and hung during a late night Kweli session for Prisoner of Conscience. Tonight / This Morning, Bow Wow came by the studio to cut a track on his new album featuring Talib Kweli. Bow Wow has been documenting his album Underrated with Webisodes on Youtube. He did one below. Check it out.
Kweli, Jean Grae, Brady Watt, Bun B and Me hanging out
Pharoahe Monch drops W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) today
Pharoahe Monch has released his long awaited album W.A.R. in stores everywhere today. Rough Magic had the pleasure of tracking the song Illusion which featuredCitizen Cope on the hook and Jean Grae on backing vocals. I also sang background vocals as well as engineered on the song “The Grand Illusion” on this album.
Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows released, #1 on Itunes Hip Hop Chart for a week.
Talib Kweli dropped Gutter Rainbows today on Itunes and on a small run of Vinyl. I got myself a copy. You can purchase digitally HERE
I just want to say its not lost on me that three albums dropped today, one from a buddy who pulled me back into music, another a dude who taught me a lot about how to be a good engineer, and finally the BKMC himself who gave me a shot. Pretty amazing they all dropped their albums on the same day. Thank you to all of you.
Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee areBreak Science. Today they released their first EP, Further Than Our Eyes Can See. I tracked a verse with Kweli for Break Science somewhere in the middle of the Gutter Rainbows Sessions. Its the first track called “The Allience.” You can purchase the EP HERE
Its not everyday you get a call from three generations of Nevilles, but today was such a day. Ian called me up first saying him and his cousin Ivan were working on a track down in New Orleans. Eventually Ivan gave me a buzz telling me his father Aaron was coming over. So there it is, I got no pictures for this session but I can definitley tell you that I worked with an absolute legend today. What an absolute honor.
Alby tracking a Pharoahe Monch and Citizen Cope song produced by Fyre Dept
This was definitely a fun day at the office. Eric Krasno and Adam Deitch (FYRE DEPT) were asked to produce a track for Pharoahe Monch‘s upcoming album. The hook was sung by Citizen Cope. I tracked as well as sang background vocals on it.
A month before the release ofGutter Rainbows, Blackmith Records, Talib Kweli’s label has released mixtape promoting their artists including Kweli himself. I personally tracked about 5 or so songs and mixed some of them as well. You can download the mixtape HERE
Talib Kweli and Alby Cohen Working hard to Finish up Next Album
September has been a busy month for Alby and Talib Kweli. With a mixtape due out in December (The Blacksmith Community Mixtape), Kweli’s Gutter Rainbows is also looking seeing its finishing line as well. Gutter Rainbows will be due out sometime in January next year.
Hunters, Run! is releasing their final 7″ Vinyl EP which I had the fortune to produce these guys truly are an awesome band. The album was mastered by Mastered by my friend Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound. You can check out more details as well as Purchase Here
Assisting on The Slip sessions at Rough Magic Studios
Avant-Rock Trio,The Slipbegan work this month on their new as of yet untitled album. This will the be the follow up to the groundbreaking Eisenhower, which can be purchasedHERE. We are very proud to have them here. I saw these guys a bunch back in the day, truly an honor to work with these cats.
Ledisi(Verve/Universal)released Turn Me Loose on Aug 19th, which has been #1 on the Itunes soul charts for the last 3 weeks. As was mentioned in a previous post, Ledisi recorded two vocal tracks (“Knockin” and “Say No”) produced by Rough Magic friendsFyre Deptin our studio.
Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank release Travelling Show
A year ago I worked on this album with my buddy from college Ian Alexy. He took the album back to Minnesota added a few pieces of color and here it is in its final form. Proud to have worked on this great album.
Hunters, Run! is releasing the Second of four 7″ Vinyl EPs that will be recorded and mixed and produced at Rough Magic by Alby Cohen and Mastered by Our friend Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound. You can check out more details as well as Purchase Here
Hunters, Run! is releasing the first of four 7″ Vinyl EPs that will be recorded and mixed at Rough Magic. I produced, engineered and sang on these tracks. It was mastered by my friend Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound. You can check out more details as well as Purchase Here
Jon Graboff does some session work for Hobo Nephews
Jon Graboff, pedal steel guitarist to just about everyone these days (Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Willie Nelson, David Byrne, Norah Jones), lent a hand for some tracks on the upcoming Hobo Nephews album I worked on a few weeks back. He also tracked some tunes for yours truly. What an amazing musician. What a great day in the studio.
Larry Hess, one of my oldest friends and musical comrades, is coming to work with me on the first of a series of EPs slated for release over the next year and change. The name of the band is Hunters, Run!
My old College buddyIan Alexy, reached out to do some recording. I hadn’t seen him in years as he is based in Minneapolis. This project including his brother, Teague Alexy, is called the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. They asked their buddy Marco Benevento to join in on the session. Stay tuned for the release date.
Ian Alexy and Marco Benevento working out parts for “Silver Spoons”