Conjuring emotive, soulful vocal affections over innovative beats with hints of jazz, house and bass, London based DJ / producer / musician Footshooter and singer-songwriter André Espeut shine on new soul-jazz cut ‘Looking Back’, taken from the new compilation ‘Global Sounds’ by Boomerang Records due this August.
Andre tells us, “This track is about coming face to face with your powerful self, while being in nature and grabbing the reigns and looking back on negative challenges of an old life and transforming dark to hope. There’s a new life that has been buried deep with in you waiting to see light of day.”
Footshooter adds: “Looking Back came about through me and Andre wanting to combine his soulful house-style vocals with a broken rhythm and some jazz instrumentation. We were aiming for something that referenced multiple genres/eras simultaneously. Mahon’s glittering guitars finished the tune off perfectly!”
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
Footshooter is the moniker of London based producer, DJ and musician Barney Whittaker. His style blends skippy, broken beats with atmospheric warmth from synths, keys and guitars, combining programming with live instrumentation to create an organic, rich sound. He frequently collaborates with MCs, poets and vocalists exploring different tones and moods.
Over the last few years he has performed live and DJ sets in support of the likes of Yussef Kamaal, Vels Trio, Andrew Ashong, Max Graef and Alfa Mist, as well as performing regularly at south-east London night STEEZ and Brainchild Festival. He has most recently supported 30/70 in their show at Jazz Café with his live band in July 2019. His 2017 release, ‘Strange Days EP’ (Famous Friends), was well received, gaining regular plays on NTS, Balamii, WorldWide FM and by Bonobo in a DJ set at his NYC Boiler Room. His 2018 release with YAM Recordings, ‘Technicolour Nights’, was met with similar critical acclaim, gaining plays on BBC 6 Music by Gilles Peterson, as well as regular spins on Tim Garcia’s Jazz FM show, Musica Macondo.
Footshooter has also collaborated with Jack Stephenson-Oliver (Vels Trio), Poppy Ajudha and Brother Portrait (Steam Down) on a new project called SAUL – their debut EP, ‘Murmurations’, was released on Rhythm Section International on 26th September 2019. The project received support from Gilles Peterson on 6 Music and Bradley Zero, Alexander Nut and Secret Sundaze on NTS Radio and Virgil Abloh. The project performed live at London’s Jazz Café in December 2019 as part of the Rhythm Section residency in support of drummer Richard Spaven.
Most recently, Footshooter has released a 6 track EP with London label Dance Regular Recordings, ‘Libations & Movement’ EP. The record features vocal and instrumental performances from Wilf Petherbridge, MA.MOYO, Jaisal & Slam The Poet, Natty Wylah & Isobel Risk. The release has received support from Bradley Zero, Alexander Nut (Eglo Records), IG Culture & Alex Phountzi (CoOp Presents), Worldwide FM, Shy One, Errol (Touching Bass), Turbojazz, Don Pascal, Simbad, Alex Attias, Jyoty (Rinse FM) and more, as well as gaining multiple plays on BBC Radio London’s BBC Introducing Show by Jess Iszatt.
André Espeut is a UK Soul, Jazz, NU-Disco and Deep house singer-songwriter, vocal arranger and vocal coach. Born in London, with West Indian, African, French and Spanish heritage; André was brought up on a diet of rare groove, funk 80’s, Latin, disco and afrobeat amongst many other genres. Andre has performed for Lady Diana, Karl Lagerfeld, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney and is currently the lead vocalist of the masterful live African dance music band ‘Afriquoi’. He has recorded for various labels including Defected, Glitterbox, Fools Gold, Swedish Brandy Productions, Captum Records and Mawimbi.
Having worked with numerous artists including Simbad, Faze Action, Ron Trent and Birdee, amongst other collaborative experiences, he has also sung with Terry Callier, Duran Duran, Leroy Hutson, Leroy Burgess, Leroy Hutson. André has appeared on ITV, CH4, CH5, Sky and MTV.