Bristol-born, London-based producer and songwriter Club Kuru emerged last year, enjoying an instantaneous wave of online support for the lush sounds and accomplished songwriting showcased on debut tracks ‘All The Days’ and ‘Seesaw’. He will release his anticipated debut ‘All The Days’ EP on 27th April through Believe Recordings on vinyl and digital download.
Club Kuru is the moniker of Laurie Erskine, a classically trained pianist who combines his expert songcraft and musicianship with progressive production skills mixing live elements alongside the electronic. The result is a fresh, sleek EP laden with emotive nostalgia.
This effervescent dancehall-inflected cut “Spark It” sees Quantic’s production come together with the charismatic flow of reggae legend Shinehead. The two hooked up in LA when they both happened to be visiting the city, for a one-off recording session. “I’m a big fan, so it was an amazing opportunity”, says Holland; “The session was short, but he just nailed it. Every time the record button was on, he’d give a million different versions. He was really vibey, very easy to make records with.”
In addition to the original LP version there is an exclusive Quantic Dub of “Spark It” plus a pair of killer remixes from Ghost Writerz and Ed West. The digital single also features a bonus cut: “Painting Silhouettes (Todd Simon’s Painting Flugelhorns Edit)”, a horn-led reimagining by celebrated trumpeter and arranger Todd Simon, of Quantic’s last single.
Rising Scottish singer-songwriter Kerri Watt returns this April, with her new EP, ‘You’ – the follow up to last year’s acclaimed debut ‘Who’s Lovin’ Me Now?’
Out again on 25 Hour Convenience Store – the record label from The Libertines drummer Gary Powell, ‘You’ is a development on the Californian pop sound showcased on the first EP, with a step forward in terms of production and songwriting – it’s the sound of an artist finding her sound. “The songs work better together as a collection, and I think they demonstrate my sound in a more cohesive way,” says 22 year old Kerri.
Kicking off with the classic sounding lead single, ‘You’ Kerri delivers with building guitars, soulful vocals and an anthemic chorus in which she confidently declares she’s not turning back – “It’s about my weakness for creative types” confides Kerri. “The passion that comes with two creative people, but also the frustrations of feeling like just temporary entertainment. It’s about breaking free from that.” Next is the rock-driven ‘Got My Heart’ about falling for someone hard, whilst there’s also the addictive ‘Paris’, a live favourite from her recent Nina Nesbitt support tour, about romance on the road, and the summer soaked ‘Maybe’ – closing the EP.