Digits / Beat of the Heart
‘Digits’ (b/w ‘Beat of the Heart’) is the debut single from BBC New Music Award winning jazz / soul / electronica ensemble Maylight.
The eight strong collective takes in the vocal talents of ex-Tru Thoughts vocalist Lizzy Parks, pianist Rob Barron whose resume includes session work for the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West and Jay Electronica and BBC Performing Arts Prize winning saxophonist Mary Wakelam. On trumpet are Aida Severo’s Joe Egan and Percy Pursglove, a first class graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire’s jazz course who has played for groups including The Duke Ellington Orchestra and The Coltrane Ensemble. Trio Tekke’s Colin Somervell appears on bass. Dave Holland Award winning drummer Jim Bashford, (currently playing for multi-platinum selling jazz vocalist Katie Melua) also appears.
The group is produced by BBE signing Chris Read whose work includes productions and remixes for the likes of Grammy Award winning vocalists Algebra Blessett and Bilal, hip hop man of the moment Oddisee, Tokyo Dawn-signing Pugs Atomz and the Pharcyde.
Remixes on this 6 track single / EP come courtesy of some of the UK’s most exciting production talent: ‘Digits’ is given a broken boogie overhaul by London’s EVM128, whose recent remixes and productions for the likes of Omar and Amp Fiddler among others have been championed by the likes of DJ Mag, Boiler Room and i-D. Taking ‘Beat of the Heart’ to cinematic territory is Soundsmiths’ Menik, who’s been quietly amassing a loyal fanbase for his own brand of soulful electronica via releases on labels including Loodma, Substruct and Deep Heads. Last but by no means least is Liverpool’s SertOne, whose ‘Fly High Society’ radio shows and mixes are a go to destination for the UK’s beat scene. His broody synth filled rework of ‘Digits’ rounds off this remix package.
The album version of ‘Beat of the Heart’ (produced by Chris Read) recently soundtracked ‘The First Time Ever’, a video by master calligrapher Seb Lester.