British electronic duo Solomon Grey announce new EP ‘Selected Features’, released via Decca on September 11th.
Understanding London-based duo Joe Wilson and Tom Kingston, aka Solomon Grey, requires ditching the traditional definition of a band. These two can’t be defined by a genre or category; and ‘Selected Features’ is further testament to the artists’ versatile talent as writers, producers & composers.
Each track on the EP involves a collaboration that was initially recorded for their score of BBC / HBO’s The Casual Vacancy but which weren’t released on the ‘Selected Works’ soundtrack in February. Tracks ‘Invisible’ and ‘The West’ in particular are included for release on the EP following popular demand from the viewing public.
The EP includes a brand new, sprawling and dramatic “night mix” of the gorgeous ‘Twilight’, now streaming here. With its cinematic shimmer and deep, swirling atmosphere, this new mix stemmed from an arrangement Solomon Grey created for a live performance at The West Reservoir in April this year. Family friend Imogen Rose features on the track, with Solomon Grey telling how they “were blown away by the beauty and innocence in her vocal and instantly wanted to work with her.”
‘The West’, meanwhile, features Essa; one of the key figures of UK hip-hop’s golden era. Essa’s smooth lyrical flow merges with Solomon Grey’s hip-hop beats and trip-hop soundscapes to, transport the listener through to another side of the band’s varied musical influences.
Elsewhere on the EP is a stunning duet version with Eliza Shaddad of the critically acclaimed ‘Miradors’ and new stand out track ‘Invisible’ that features soulful pop vocals courtesy of Mahaut Mondino. Duet partner Eliza Shaddad is perhaps best known as a vocalist and writer with chart-dominating and Grammy Award winning electronic outfit Clean Bandit. Mondino, meanwhile, has caught the ears and attention of the likes of Noisey and The Fader, who call her “France’s answer to FKA Twigs.”
To celebrate the release of the ‘Selected Features’ EP, Solomon Grey will play a live headline show at The Waiting Rooms on September 15th. Tickets are available here: https://tickets.songkick.com/events/24607379. The EP also has several accompanying remixes including the John Monkman remix of Twilight, which has already picked up Radio 1 support from Skream, Eton Messy & Jonas Rathsman. With a new soundtrack in the pipeline, plans to tour the band and the debut LP set for release early 2016 it’s safe to say Solomon Grey are busy becoming one of the UK’s most vital artists.
‘Selected Features’ tracklisting:
1. ‘Twilight (Night Mix) feat. Imogen Rose’
2. ‘The West feat. Essa’
3. ‘Miradors (Duet Version) feat. Eliza Shaddad’
4. ‘Invisible feat. Mahaut Mondino’