Taken from debut EP ‘Movement 1’ due April 2022
Live @ Bar Doña London 28th April
London musician / producer Meelo returns with a brand new release ‘Bossa’ featuring acclaimed Brooklyn rapper Goya Gumbani, lifted from the forthcoming debut EP ‘Movement 1’ due this April.
‘Bossa’ follows on from Meelo’s debut track ‘Reflets’ and continues his musical evolution, existing in a liminal space between intricate soul and left-field electronica. Goya anchors the track with his subtle, expansive touches, breathing life into the song.
Meelo says: “In my travels making ends meet as a session musician, I was fortunate enough to meet, collaborate and share ideas with a multitude of master artists. One particularly special connection was with rising star Goya Gumbani (I was often used as the bassist in Goya’s live shows). We both experienced a meeting of minds, touching on the similarities between our musical journeys, on the personal growth each had experienced, I knew immediately we had to collaborate. After hours of conversation the resultant music is a gentle, contemplative elegy, a moment of reflection of where both of us have been and where we’re going. It sounds like poetry set to a sad samba, but dark and dank and heavy. Best let Goya’s lyrics speak…”
When Meelo was well into his career as a touring session player and music therapist, (playing for the likes of Goya Gumbani and Tertia May), he was forced to stop everything on a fateful day when the front wheel of his bike jammed and he broke his arm. Shut away and unable to play he took some time for himself, his production skills and poetry; applying that to his already strong songwriting and compositional abilities he began to build an EP that represented this moment of self-contemplation.
It took another fateful moment to accelerate the project when Meelo met Frankie Mami, international Dj and production engineer master. Sat at the back of a session in Frankie’s studio Meelo slipped in and spun a track he was working on called “Gatto”; Frankie’s ears pricked up, and with a knowing smile the two of them recognised something special. Frankie’s enthusiasm, refined expertise and invaluable guidance propelled the project to new levels and kickstarted a beautiful friendship built on mutual respect and sharing.
Movement 1 is joyous, and at times despairing but loaded with the momentum and power that comes with exploring one’s self. It’s the result of years of the artist trying to find his way, releasing the fears of the past and ultimately finding his voice. Ambitious in his genre-spanning scope and fiercely committed to the redemptive quality of music, Meelo’s story can be heard and felt on every note of his debut EP.
Bossa ft Goya Gumbani / 6th April