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Sleepy Time Ghost - Feel feat. Bahia (Digital single, Tru Thoughts, 2015)

Always looking out for the brand new thing, Brighton's finest Tru Thoughts Recordings keeps on exploring with this single from one half of the Ghost Writerz sound system, in between modern R&B and soul with an obvious dubby trip hop influence coming all the way from Jamaica. The a bit more Jungle-ish Hylu remix (featured on Ghost Writerz' exclusive Paris DJs mix) is my favourite here, but in both cases this is music to be played on big systems for sure — and the instrumental versions are big, trippy minimal dub, the work of true beatsmiths!

Sleepy Time Ghost - Feel feat Bahia
Sleepy Time Ghost - Feel feat. Bahia
(Digital single) Tru Thoughts TRUDD136, 2015-04-21

Tracklisting :
01. Feel feat. Bahia 04:23
02. Feel feat. Bahia (Hylu Remix) 04:01
03. Feel (Instrumental) 04:22
04. Feel (Hylu Remix Instrumental) 03:57

Links :
Sleepy Time Ghost : facebook | soundcloud | twitter
Tru Thoughts : official | bandcamp | facebook | juno | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Press Release :
Sleepy Time Ghost, one half of rising Sound System stars Ghost Writerz, comes with his debut solo single for Tru Thoughts. “Feel” feat. Bahia is out on 20th April and sees the London based producer exploring deep and soulful, ska-laced modern R&B territory with the help of a stunning garage-inflected vocal performance from London based Swedish singer Bahia. The single release also brings a brand new Hylu Remix of the original.

As the main production hand in Ghost Writerz, alongside top MC and singer Jimmy Screech, Sleepy Time Ghost – aka Harry Metcalfe – has recently seen a huge surge in profile thanks to their recent singles, “Back It Up” and the Pete Cannon collaboration “How We Living”. With airplay and features from BBC Radio 1/1Xtra’s Huw Stephens, Toddla T, MistaJam, Friction, Monki and B.Traits, plus Ras Kwame (Capital Xtra), Goldierocks, Bang FM, Mi-Soul, Radio Nova and Deja Vu, not to mention BBC 6Music’s Don Letts, Steve Lamacq and Huey Morgan, they have also been covered by the likes of RWD Mag, Complex, CMU Daily, Clash, Mercury Prize Recommends and many more.

“Feel feat. Bahia” continues the march of the New Wave of Sound System Culture coming through via Tru Thoughts' freshly launched Sharp And Ready platform, and its soulful elegance illuminates a new facet of the scene. While this is his first solo release on the label, Sleepy is no stranger to props in his own right, with his previous solo outings heavily supported by the ultimate authority that is Rodigan, and an upfront leak of “Feel feat. Bahia” (via the Unit 137 label) snapped up by the likes of Ras Kwame, Don Letts, Shy FX and Huey Morgan.

The song grew from an effortless musical chemistry the first time Sleepy and Bahia stepped into the studio together. With the sure hand of Hylu at the controls, Sleepy’s deep yet playful production and Bahia’s vocals slotted together like magic, leading to the classic yet cutting-edge sound of “Feel”. Tapping into Trip Hop influences, here Bahia adds a darkness and longing to the trademark combination of Dub riddim and Hip Hop sway that has seen her build a reputation on London’s underground and beyond through performances alongside the likes of King's Hifi and Contact Play’s Jam Baxter and collaborations with diverse beatsmiths from Ben 9mm and Ghosttown to The Stereotypes (Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige & The Far East Movement).

A mainstay of the Sharp And Ready movement, Hylu is not only the soundman and engineer with one of the UK’s most sought after reggae acts, OnlyJoe, but also runs the Unit 137 Sound System and record label, pouring his passion and forward-thinking attitude into all he touches. “Feel feat Bahia (Hylu Remix)” nods to the evocative, sun-soaked reggae vibes of the original with horn and melodica hooks while skilfully switching up the beat for the dancefloor.

The Sharp And Ready platform was established by Tru Thoughts in partnership with promoter and artist manager JC “Lionbeat” Charnier in late 2014, and has made an impressive start in opening eyes and ears to the new music to be found rising through the UK’s unique melting pot of Sound System styles. This vital source represents a coalescing of influences and heritage with the distinct sonic and societal markers of our time, into a New Wave. It is about telling the story of the richness and fullness of UK Sound System Culture, establishing a trusted channel from which streams of new music can flow. The 2015 schedule is already packed, with more to come including the highly anticipated Ghost Writerz album in Summer, and many more acts yet to be announced as part of the collective.



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