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Let It Happen

by Jon Bap

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John it to good Favorite track: Let It Happen.
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chesney This record is so good. Came across Jon Bap through Anna Wise’s song and discovered this album. Love the way each song connects to each other and gives me almost a nostalgic feeling through the lyrics; fantastic! Favorite track: Forced.
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ご無沙汰 fleeting and densely emotive with soul bopping through the whole piece. Favorite track: Marissa.
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nia andrews on repeat. such a creative musician. can't stop listening! Favorite track: Let It Happen.
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Oskar The syncopation within and between instruments is gutsy and expanded my concept of rhythm. Favorite track: Forced.
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Shaquille Madourie Seriously the most refreshing thing I've heard this year Favorite track: Gooder Than Before.
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feelin’ gooder than before funny how it goes to show you gotta take a step back to notice but you can only feel it when you live in the moment so I’m gettin’ back to playin’ the game you know i got a lot to say, but it’s time to do it now
Forced 02:58
feels so heavy, can’t flow free leaving no room to grow the weight of it on me straining to become…why not just be? ‘cause it’s all there inside inside of you and me so let it come naturally let go of “supposed to be” I complicated the simplicity I was blinding myself from what was clear to see and next time when it comes, I’ll let it be ‘cause what comes will also go I’ma sit patiently and let it come naturally let go of “supposed to be”
Marissa 02:08
dear lady marissa, I love when you read my mind you get what I’m gettin’ and I’ma call jinx next time but we dont really drink soda much, my love our love and it keeps on getting better for us each day we wake my baby marissa, oh wont you lay on my chest I’m sensing you miss it come kiss it, get busy, then rest with me under the trees tonight, my love our love and it keeps on getting better for us each day we wake
Workin' 02:24
still with the platoon and even when the brigade’s a charade I don’t wanna fight anyway, I just wanna show ‘em what I been… workin’ on… workin’ it became a forced draw, and I was only armed to create then I couldn’t trust my paint nothin’ I could show ‘em, but I been… workin’ on… workin’ I been wanting to let this thing happen and put an end to it period, but I took it too serious it's funny, this ain't even what i been... workin' on... workin'
The Ending 02:20
while I’m anticipating the moment when it’s over I’ll be missing out on what’s in front of me right now
lily buds in late june never wonder if they’ll bloom petals unfurl, sweet perfume blossoming’s just what they do


In an era where the most talked about albums often sound like the result of a ‘marketing to millennials’ focus group algorithm'ed from Soundcloud favorites and Facebook interactions, there’s nothing more refreshing to the human spirit than the raw, honest feel that can only be found in the music of an artist like JON BAP.

Surrounded by a musically-gifted family - all of which either sang, played an instrument, or both - growing up, the seeds were planted early on for music to be a key factor in Jon’s life. As a kid, he cultivated his sense of musicality through singing and drumming in his church’s choir. His father would become one of his biggest influences, showing him drum techniques and chords on the organ after services.

The visuals arts were Jon’s first real love though. Deeply inspired, by the likes of Hayao Miyazaki and others, to draw and create his own characters, Jon followed his passion for animation and enrolled in art school. But while there, he soon found his heart being pulled in a different direction, often skipping class in order to go home and experiment with music.

Starting out on a heavy regiment of making beats and writing raps daily, Jon eventually went on to learn guitar to help forge a more unique sound to his production. Playing around with that for long enough, he then dug even further back in to his Gospel-inspired roots, adding live drums, bass, and keys into his repertoire as well. Getting even more comfortable in this new zone, Jon stepped out from mostly rapping to now singing in whatever groove struck a chord with him - all coming together into a unique brand of home-recorded otherness that Jon could now claim as his own, never stopping to consider what genres it crossed or what trends might instead be more 'hot' at the moment.

A handful of tracks culled from these preliminary creative fires would be compiled into his debut EP, 'Let It Happen,' an ode to creative freedom which Jon self-released here on Bandcamp at the end of 2014. With no marketing or social media push put behind it, the EP still managed to make its way to a few essential ears - among them: rapper/producer LIKE of PAC DIV, a number of musicians in ERYKAH BADU's band, reportedly even ANDRE 3000 himself - and ultimately, onto our radar here at FRESH SELECTS. So moved by this raw talent in-the-making, we're now proud to be giving 'Let It Happen' the proper re-issue treatment with a worldwide digital release and an intimate run of cassettes on May 27th, 2016.

Backed with an exclusive new B-side to the project, consisting of instrumental demos lost in a hard drive crash before Jon could cut vocals to them, lovingly dubbed, 'Almost Happened' - Jon's debut offering will now be given a second go at finding the audience that so desperately needs this in their music collection, whether they know it yet or not. Jon even got to put his art school background to good use, painting his own nude self-portrait for the project’s cover, and designing the album packaging himself.


released May 27, 2016

Tracks 1-6: Let It Happen EP – originally self-released in November 2014
Tracks 7-11: Almost Happened - unreleased instrumental demos

Written, Produced, Mixed, & All Instruments Performed by Jon Bap
Lyrics to "Forced" & "Let It Happen" by Marissa Caggiano

Mastered by Doc Adam

Self-Portrait painted by Jon Bap
Design Layout by Jon Bap & Tawfiq Mardini

Re-Release Executive Producer: Kenny / Fresh Selects

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