Thursday 11 July 2013


Fresh talent from London. It has a nice ring to it doesn't it? "Fresh talent from London" - just listen to how it rolls off your tongue. Say it aloud a few times. Put an accent on if you feel like it. There. Now don't you feel better? Feel those real world worries melt away like a Twister on a hot day in the park. And now you're in the mindset to hear something fresh from London. Yeah, I'll go for it, I'll even say phresh. THAT good.

And it is that good. When I first heard this yesterday, I got so excited that I actually stood up (which can be a struggle cause I'm recovering from a broken knee) and tried to dance but ended up clapping to the beat instead. Fresh talent from London - that's right. It's a guy called Dewy Sinatra who released a song called 'I Need Love' last Friday. I don't know anything more than that. He's from London, but I think you've probably gathered that by now. At this point in time I am more concerned with, or rather egged on by the lovely music that he's created.

It's a new sound. Doing away with an obvious beat, Dewy constructs a truly body-snatching amalgamation of an insectoid garage ticker and a very vital dancehall pulse, which results in an addictive show of percussive prowess. Claps clear the way ahead for sneaking hi-hats chased by the heartbeat kicks - it's something that sounds different depending on which part you pay attention to: the sign of a beat worth paying attention to.

The song's punctuated by voice-altered vocal samples, as well as Dewy's own vocals, drenched in a far-off echo giving a sense of isolated frustration - the kind of feeling that the lyrics are talking about in general. My favourite line is: "My phone's on silent I got bare missed calls / My friends are tryina reach but I'm not in the mood / I need a hug, I need some love" - can't we all relate to that?

And all of this feeling is strung up with uneasy synth chords that are pitch-bent every now and again, giving it a bird-in-flight level of frenetic change, a sense of uneasiness yet with the cool detachment of the future-house sound that naturally comes with it. It's great. A real nice mix of styles, brought together by vocals (something that can really really ruin a song if not done right) that speak honestly and passionately without going off the rails. Held together very nicely.

This song comes as the first single from Dewy Sinatra's upcoming album Emma (out in September) - I do hope that we'll hear the same progressive sound that led me to write all this. I heartily encourage you to check it out when it happens.

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