Irish-born South-London vocalist Samuel returns to Big Dada with the new EP “LUV CRY” – four tracks of RnB tinged electronica, produced by Kwes (Warp) and with additional production by Ozkharp (Hyperdub) and Lockah (Donkey Pitch).
Samuel performs at the EP Launch Peckham’s, Rye Wax on 20th June
Coming from a tough upbringing in Ireland, raised in gypsy camps and children’s homes, and living homeless for periods, he found relief in the music programs on offer at the homes, finally earning a scholarship at Goldsmiths University in London. After moving to London he went on to collaborate extensively with Ozkharp on his 2014 EP Falling Star, receiving support from the likes of Pitchfork, Dazed, Dummy, Pigeons & Planes & DJ Mag.
“I thought that maybe I had a lot of bad times to mention… But then, I just wrote a record about love. Nice love, good love, love love.”
So says London-based, Irish-born Samuel of his latest single, ‘These Days’. With a voice that ‘prickles the hairs on the back of the neck’ (Pitchfork,) Samuel’s music conjures the pulse and promise of big city life, and its alluring blur of innocence and experience.
Samuel’s life has been “like running over a crumbling bridge. Like a computer game.” Raised in gypsy camps and children’s homes, and living homeless for a “good chunk,” the young producer and singer has always found solace in his music. The sounds are inspired by field recordings and his observations of London, he doesn’t write down lyrics. “Over time,” he says, “words tumble and glue together.” All of which goes some way to explaining the yearning urgency in his voice and lyrics.
On ’These Days’, Samuel’s voice soars over Kwes’ dreamlike production, with chiming electronics and propulsive drums conjuring childlike innocence and the throb of urban romance. There’s a balmy evening glow to the music, and a sense of new, shared sensation.
Samuel describes the feeling the song summons as “that invisible pull that comes with a romantic attraction! My songs are about the fizz.” Fittingly, there’s no better summary than Samuel’s own: “I always think of wee magic carpet rides over London. Hold tight, as we take a ride.”
London-based singer Rosie Lowe, the latest addition to the growing 37 Adventures family, has shared her debut track "Me & Your Ghost", which features stunning broken beats and a ghostly gloomy atmosphere. Backed by producers Kwes and Dave Okumu, her debut EP "Right Thing" is set to be released early December.