Critically acclaimed Copenhagen-based DJ, jazz drummer and producer SLOWOLF (aka Andreas Asingh) releases his much anticipated debut EP 'White Feathers' which sees SLOWOLF at his most focused and adventurous, seamlessly weaving all of his hip hop, jazz, R&B and grime influences together in one wonderful eclectic mix.
The EP features a diverse collective of musicians, including a track from USA based raper Pell, New Zealand born singer: Kimbra, famed for her contribution to Gotye hit, “Somebody That I Used To Know” and also two of the hottest MC's in grime: Dream Mclean and Scrufizzer. Whilst tracks are distinct, but the EP is firmly held together with SLOWOLF's unique and stylistic sonic vision - a positive audio celebration of life through music - sharing the message anything is possible.
The EP opens with the epic ”White Feather Intro” a welcome with complex drumbeats and bombastic horns. Next up - the minimalistic song ”Palace”, that features MTA Records UK grime-prince Dream Mclean, who's talents have seen him take the stage alongside artists such as Big Narstie and Jay Prince at high profile events including Teenage Cancer Trust's Rise. Discussing their collaboration Dream recently stated: "Slo reached out to me with the beat last year. It bangs. It took me back to the Roskilde festival so I had to let the Copenhagen flow off. that's my g right there."
Future soul song ”The Ring” follows, featuring Pell - the new rising US rap star. The track recently received support from BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens, DJ Semtex) and Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist as well as top music blogs including: Pigeons & Planes and HotNewHipHop, after being released as an underground single earlier this year.
”Trya Thing” is next up, with hypnotic synth melodies providing the backdrop for much hyped UK rapper Scrufizzer.
The EP ends with the title-track ”White Feathers” that features the world-renowned star Kimbra - a genre bending slice of futuristic Hip-Hop, alternative jazz and R&B, which received rave reviews from sites including Okay Player, Boi-1, Nylon, Acid Stag and many more when recently released as a single. Taking to Nylon, Kimbra recently stated: 'I connected with SLOWOLF after he remixed a track for me called 'Goldmine'. I loved his use of organic instrumentation matched with the electronic elements like heavy drops and cut-up, out-of-the-box groove approaches. It's been great to collaborate on this track (which we did from separate countries!) and to then explore the song in a live context together where it took on a different life. The song to me is about courage and rising from the ashes after times of pain.'
The EP is inspired by Andreas’ son, Karlo. Andreas, a father at 19, has just become a father to his 4th child, who was diagnosed with downs syndrome – or as Andreas himself puts it: "Little brother Karlo is born with an extra feather in is cap. Instead of looking at him as being different from normal I see him as a very special and unique child that stands out for all the right reasons. When Karlo showed up, I felt blessed and I do not doubt that he will teach me great lessons in the future. The track is even more poignant at the moment as sadly Karlo is very unwell and is currently in hospital, in intensive care, undergoing treatment for a chest infection. Thankfully he has been feeling better over the last few days. I like to think a little bit of his fighting spirit is reflected on this record. The record shares a message of positivity and that nothing is impossible. Karlo shows me this is true everyday"
With plans for a UK live show brewing, no doubt further buzz will build around this innovative and inspiring Danish producer, who's musical message is enriching our hearts and futuristic music is blowing our minds.
EP “White Feathers” is out April 13th 2016 via Playground Music.