&friends Returns to 2023 with “Love Is The Way” via Hidden Hands

Following a striking start to his career in 2022, &friends returns with new music as he furthers his momentum in the new year. 

Following the striking success of his sophomore single “Ode Ireti”Sean Thomas AKA &friends kicks off 2023 with another dynamic new, original release “Love Is The Way” ft. Oluwadamvic.  Out via Thomas’ own Hidden Hands imprint on February 10th, 2023, the latest single sets the tone for a milestone year of new releases and tour dates fans can expect to see from the rising act across the year ahead. 

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“Love Is The Way” is the third original single to make its way from the &friends camp. Soulful, uplifting lyrics from Oluwadamvic are expertly harmonized alongside a buoyant and vibrant electronic production built upon a percussive foundation of afro-house.  Momentous builds and melodic breakdowns craft a cinematic soundscape narrated by the West African vocalist, who describes love as being the only way we can move forward as a society. 

Love is the only way to move forward as humans, and the more love we show to others, the more love we feel for ourselves. This track, to me, means letting love lead in all ways, setting aside our differences and the fact that we might have hurt one another, but what is the point of dwelling in the past when we can make things right by acting now?  Love is the only way to do that.” – Oluwadamvic

&friends is the musical concept and brainchild of New York based Sean Thomas. Drawing the breadth of his inspiration for these musical works from the global cultures, Sean had a vision to create a project embodying tradition, culture and community culminating in the coining of &friends.

Since the project’s 2022 debut the sounds of &friends have made their way to every corner of the globe. The Nitefreak Remix of “Ode Ireti’ ft. Oluwadamvic saw unprecedented, viral success. Receiving massive radio and touring support from top names in the space, the infectious chorus “o-le-le” has become a staple in the sets of many titans of dance music. 

From New York, to Miami, Marrakech, Madrid, Mexico City – Tulum to Toronto and beyond, &friends is already making his mark on dance floors around the world. In his short time on the scene, &friends has received support by Pete Tong of BBC Radio 1, Black Coffee, Diplo, &ME, Keinemusik, Michael Bibi, Blond:ish, Francis Mercier and many more. Also catching the eye of media tastemakers, he’s earned attention from the likes of LA Weekly, Wonderland Magazine, Magnetic Magazine, Electronic Groove, EARMILK and more. 

Set to be a breakout year for &friends, 2023 will deliver a thoughtfully produced, artfully composed compilation of works set to make its way to listeners in the time ahead. Through a holistic, multifaceted approach, the project is set to make its way to even more dance floors around the world to unite us all.

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