Love Snarky Puppy's vibe and chops -- like early Herbie Hancock (think "Watermelon Man") meets Earth, Wind & Fire's lyrical inventiveness. As this new video/song "Trinity" shows, the band swings regardless of the environment. Written by guitarist Mark Lettieri and arranged by Lettieri and Snarky Puppy, this hypnotic groove is perfect headphone fodder. The new album was recorded over a week of performance sessions at Dallas' Deep Ellum Art Company and serves as the group's love letter to the city that nurtured them after they formed while in the Jazz Studies program at the University of North Texas. The record sadly marks the final recorded performance by funk legend (and the collective's "musical Godfather") Bernard Wright before his tragic death shortly after the sessions. Their new record Empire Central will be released on September 30th via their own label GroundUP Music label.