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Yes y’all – it’s been a while. Pardon my absence from the blogging world, the past few weeks have been busy to say the least. But the good news is that Won’t Let You Down ft. Cynthia Erivo is now on Spotify, and also available to buy on iTunes via the following link: http://bit.ly/cynikalWLYD


Furthermore, the music video has been playlisted on TV stations such as Kiss, Flava, Brit Asia and Channel AKA – of which it has been the number 1 most requested video on the latter for numerous days. To vote for it, text “AKA 1457” to 81025. You can watch the video here: http://youtu.be/C9WHcqashF8

Thanks for your continued support! Let’s keep it going.

First day of the new month. Thought I’d take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped support the single release. So far we’ve had coverage from the likes of Radio 1, 1Xtra, SBTV, SoulCulture, DJSemtex.com and many more – this really couldn’t happen without the various people working tirelessly behind the scenes for me.

We’re submitting to various TV channels over the course of the week.

If you haven’t yet seen it, here’s the music video, ft. Cynthia Erivo – shot by Chas Appeti and Simon Dewey:

And the behind the scenes video:

A still from the Won’t Let You Down music video.

It’s a Bank Holiday Sunday night. I could be out celebrating life, but instead I’m sat at my desk with my lamp on, sipping a freshly brewed coffee with the TV whispering in the background. I’m not out tonight because of one reason: sometimes it’s nice to just take some time for yourself to unwind.

So.. the music video for my song Won’t Let You Down (ft. Cynthia Erivo) is out on Tuesday night. It’s a big deal for me, as I finally have a chance to show you a glimpse of what’s to come from here on in. It’s taken a long time for me to arrive at this position – technically and mentally – happy and willing enough to bare my visions. But I’m ready now. Ready for the road ahead and I am certainly looking forward to it.

The song received its first spin on BBC Radio 1 last week via the BBC Introducing  show (thanks Ally and Jen!) To get airplay on the biggest and most prestigious radio station in the world was one of the proudest moments in my career, and discovering that it had happened (without my prior knowledge) was almost like striking oil when weeding your garden. If you missed the iPlayer playback, you can check the radio rip here:


And on that note, I bid you a good night.

 

 

Started work on this new project called “Let You Down” a couple weeks back. It was initially a concept beat I created as part of my “5 beats in 2 hours” studio session with my then manager Kola Bello. Didn’t really know what to do with it, and to be honest, didn’t even know if it was the kind of beat that would inspire me enough to take it further. It was good, but still very bare as I made it in 10 minutes.

Fast forward one year, and within two weeks I’ve pretty much got it near completion. Cynthia Erivo [Youtube her], a vocalist who has graced stages alongside established artists such as Fantasia and Mario features on the hook, with some progressive vocals from myself. I tried something a little different flow wise, and lyrically it’s on the same sort of level as my Exhibit A track, where I tried to attack the tune from a poetic angle. Courtney Bennett also makes a subtle appearance in the form of some additional backing vocals, to thicken out the harmonic pad Cynthia already dropped under her lead. Her tone complimented Cynthia’s in a way which I don’t think another vocalist I know could.

Joe Newman – Let You Down Guitar

Dragged Joe Newman from The Street Orchestra/Parallel on the track as I knew the track needed some almost rock-type acoustic guitar, and we figured out a part which I challenge any guitarist-producer combo to better! Fits really nicely with the emotion of the piano part. The interesting part of this recording was the fact that we recorded in my BEDROOM as opposed to my dad’s studio. Got a nice sound, the room resonated nicely after I covered a couple walls with duvets. Didn’t want to fully dampen so a couple of the walls were kept bare. Still had some high-end gear in the room though.

The full set-up included my MacBook Pro, Neumann U87ai, Shure SM57, Apogee Duet, HD25’s, DT150s and my Soundcraft mixer. Although the guitar is a mono instrument, I wanted to give it a stereo field (without the use of double tracking) so I used the SM57 towards for the body, to create a gritty low end sound, and the U87 to pick up the fretboard’s intricacies. Panned left and right it sounds beautiful, and far better than a double tracked section that would be messy in context of how many instruments I have going on in the track!

The track will up towards the end of Jan. Merry Xmas!

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