Premiere: Sumsuch feat. Matty Eeles – Don’t Go

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Musician/producer Will Sumsuch, who is one-half of Mega Jawns, steps out this week with the Don’t Go EP (BBE), a two-track affair realized in collaboration with jazz vocalist and Alice Russell band member Matty Eeles.

We’re over the moon to world premiere the title track of the gorgeous and intimate downtempo collab featuring sparse guitars and a spirited vocal performance from Eeles.

Sumsuch tells us the soulful track brimming with vibes for days has been in the vault for nearly six years. He waiting for the just right moment to  release it.

“This song means a huge amount to both of us, and it was recorded at a time when it looked like Matty might never sing again,” he explains.

“She’d developed polyps on her vocal chords and was waiting for a risky operation on them, and had been warned her voice might never sound the same. At the time of the recording, her vocal range and power was quite diminished, but with hindsight I think this really got her focusing on the emotion of the song: her performance on this track is simply breathtaking. As I recall, the musical side came together quickly from my guitar melody and Rhodes chords – it’s probably the warmest production I’ve achieved before or since. The whole thing just feels cozy and comforting to me, like an old friend.”

Get an exclusive first listen below and pick up the Don’t Go EP on January 24.

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Premiere: Tetsumasa – Izumo

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Tetsumasa is a Berlin-based experimental Japanese electronic music producer originally from Nagoya City, a place known for extravagant weddings, miso cutlets and a gaudy castle.

Possessing a sonic signature informed by a kitchen sink of genres (glitch, downtempo, dub, industrial and bass music), he’s been building a discography of forward-thinking left-of-center productions for the past few years.

This month Tetsumasa will release the On the Way EP via his SAIDAN (which means alter in Japanese) label. We’re thrilled to world premiere the bottom-heavy cut “Izumo,” a glitchy romp that takes its name from the city on Japan’s Honshu Island.

Unlike tracks in his milieu that gravitate toward grim/dystopian/apocalyptic themes, “Izumo” is refreshingly optimistic. The instrumental comes to life on a ghostly soundscape of stunning sub-bass, airy pads and helium vocals. It’s urged on by a stern kick drum that packs quite a wallop.

Get a first listen to “Izumo” below, and pick up the On the Way EP (which features a remix by Foodman) on January 23.

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Premiere: Robin M – Hangdrum

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On his brand new two-tracker London-based producer Robin M embarks on a captivating rhythmic journey with a secret weapon – the hang drum, an instrument introduced by Swiss couple Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in 2000.

We’re thrilled to world premiere the lead track “Hangdrum,” a masterpiece featuring stellar house grooves, big-bottom bass and a flowing cadence of beats.

Says Robin about the genesis of the track: “It was an amazing process making an authentic sounding hang drum work. Once discovering it was possible, the riff happened fast. I have a real love for the South African sound too. Straight away I knew where I wanted to take the record. For me the record has a lot of emotions at the same time as working in the clubs, and I hope people can hear that too.”

Hit the play button below to get a first listen, and pick up the track when it’s released on December 6.

Premiere: Ozgood feat. Sa’d Ali – No Couture

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As 2019 draws to a close Soul Clap Records is getting ready to unveil “No Couture,” a red-hot collaboration between Ozgood, of San Fran-based dance collective Afrolicious, and legendary DJ/producer/vocalist Sa’d “The Hourchild” Ali of Parliament-Funkadelic and FSQ. The release is bittersweet as it arrives after Ali, whose uncle is George Clinton, left this mortal coil in 2018.

Over a funky-ass house groove brimming with uptempo drums, deep keys and vibes galore, Ozgood brilliantly navigates the posthumous release around a heady mish-mash of Ali’s vocals and musings.

Seriously, it’s one of the most infectious jams we’ve heard in a while.

This lyric from “No Couture” sums up Ali’s musical integrity and essence: “If I never make another dollar but live with no regrets, I’ma die a happy man.”

Listen to the world premiere below, and pick up the release when it hits stores on December 6.

Rest in EFUNK, Sa’d.

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