Taken from the new ‘Global Sounds’ compilation due 13th August via Boomerang Records
Featuring London Afrobeat Collective, Duke Hugh & Bryony Jarman, Scrimshire & Afronaut Zu, Steve Spacek & Yazmin Lacey + more
Legendary Japanese-New Zealand electronic producer / DJ / musician Mark de Clive-Lowe teams up with UK soul / jazz singer-songwriter André Espeut on a brand new broken beat, jazz meets electronica summer track ‘Sunrays’, lifted from the forthcoming jazz-house compilation ‘Global Sounds’ out this August through Boomerang Records.
Mark says: “‘We made this pretty early on in lockdown – the world had suddenly completely changed, without any indication of for how long. Making ‘Sunrays’ was an escape from that unknown and a chance to imagne an alternate world through the music. It was Andre’s and my first time collaborating together, creating from our own spaces either side of the Atlantic while the 2020 craziness was all going on. I think it’s an escape somewhere for both of us, and everyone’s invited along for the ride”.
André Espeut adds: “You are coming out from an Underworld of sinister people, escaping that environment to find out there are other ways to get on and progress. Shaking the shackles of your former self and embracing the Sunrays of a new future with insight and a revived capability to be guided by a positive force, powered by truth.”
Boomerang Records began their journey as a record label in 2019, following a run of successful and sell-out nights in London and Leeds. They struck first with a jazz and funk-infused, experimental drum and bass, and acid breakbeat compilation album, titled ‘A Jazzual Experiment’. They followed this with two genre- twisting EP’s, including ‘Doppia Personalità’ by the Paris-based Stabfinger. This continued their itch to experiment and drew together an eclectic mix of acid, breakbeat, jungle, funk, jazz and glitch. The title track channelled the IDM and acid-inflected sound of vintage Squarepusher, and was described as ‘hectic cut-up jungle at it’s weirdest and most-wonderful’.
Boomerang Records is crafting a reputation that sees them put diversity first, ensuring their growing catalogue has a taste to fit every palette. This is something that they continue into their next release. ‘Global Sounds’ connects artists from around the world and from different scenes to create an unusual and unique collection of tracks. With collaboration, experimentation and mixing tempos all being at the heart of the albums idea, the result is a multi-genre, collaboration packed compilation LP; spanning jazz, broken beat and electronic.
The compilation is an intriguing step for Boomerang, as the label introduces some very exciting artists such as the MOBO award nominated Yazmin Lacey, the multi-award winning, king of jazz, Sir Cleveland Watkiss (MBE), Steam Down and Rudimental affiliated vocalist Afronaut Zu, broken beat pioneers Mark de Clive-Lowe and Steve Spacek, Wah Wah 45s & Albert Favourites head honcho Scrimshire, Afriquoi’s lead singer André Espeut, and a remix of London Afrobeat Collectives ‘Power to the Women’ from Gottwood / Houghton residents Krywald & Farrer. As well up and coming artists Bryony Jarman-Pinto, Footshooter, Duke Hugh, Burland & K.O.G.
1. Say No More Duke Hugh & Bryony Jarman-Pinto
2. Looking Back Footshooter & André Espeut
3. No Be Today (Yeye Be Dem Policy) Scrimshire & Afronaut Zu
4. Another Like This Steve Spacek & Yazmin Lacey
5. Sunrays Mark De Clive-Lowe & André Espeut
6. Power to the Women (Krywald & Farrer Remix) London Afrobeat Collective
7. Vivid Dreams Mark De Clive-Lowe & Cleveland Watkiss
8. Pilolo With Me Duke Hugh & André Espeut
9. Threes & Fours Burland & K.O.G.
Mastered by Bob Macciochi (SC Mastering) SKU / Catalogue ID BOOM004