ANNOUNCES 'LAYLA' EP
OUT 27th NOVEMBER ON BELIEVE RECORDINGS
+ PREMIERES TITLE TRACK/VIDEO,
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN BARON
Watch / Listen:
"soft guitar hooks, prominent bass lines and ethereal synth notes make for a winning formula" - Wonderland
"gems which glimmer with perfection" - Crack Magazine
"straight-up songwriting that goes for the gut" - DIY
"crystalline R&B" - Nowness
"irresistible" - HUH
After playing a solo piano gig in Germany, Laurie Erskine realised the solitude of being a musician in the Jazz club scene wasn't for him. Living in London with his elder brother; a talented producer who has written for The Prodigy and toured with Skrillex and Benga, Erskine took the opportunity to experiment with the selection of analog synths and music equipment, as well as his sibling's guidance, and tried his hand at electronic music production. Combined with his natural talent and expertise in songwriting, Club Kuru was born.
When he emerged with his debut material last year, Club Kuru was met with an instantaneous wave of online support. At the same time he was dealing with a relationship breakdown, which has in turn inspired the subject of his second EP; 'Layla'. Such turbulent emotion is strikingly evident in the resulting record; the palette is dirty, sexy, mournful, sleazy, serious. It is a collection of love songs with complex delivery.
Musically, 'Layla' EP is a progression from the trademark, retro-feeling "languid R&B", of which his debut was branded. The use of analog synths and guitars reside alongside a modern take on slow hip-hop beats and classic jazz harmony, infused with bespoke production styles. 'Layla' is a pop record built atop a foundation of structural and harmonic complexity, full of meaning, and deserving of time spent getting to know.
The EP's title track 'Layla' premiered on SITE NAME via a Jonathan Baron directed video clip, which you can watch here. Jonathan Baron is a critically acclaimed and award-winning avant-garde art director - read an interview with him for Dazed here.
Club Kuru's 'Layla' EP will be released on 27th November on Believe Recordings.
EP Track Listing:
2. Flat Out Lie
3. You Don't Know
4 I D N T
BARSRESLEASED: OUT NOW
LABEL: JAHMEK THE WORLD
Hightail D/L: https://rcpt.hightail.com/2844061409/441512fcbb4231366a47244d2a51f671?cid=tx-02002208350200000000&s=19105
Soundcloud D/L: https://soundcloud.com/tenletter/sets/jammer-bars/s-CLA3R
‘Bars’, premiered by Noisey, comes with a deep, gritty and serious tone courtesy of 28Hurtz on production. The video capturing the darker side of Jammer and his beloved Grime scene; the perfect fit for Halloween weekend with the eerie surroundings for the Bipolar Spider directed video https://t.co/C6RWBq9arM
Taking it back to old skool grime delivery, Jammer drops verse after verse with no bait hooks, just straight murky lyrics. He name checks veterans of the scene including D Double E, Fekky and radio station Déjà Vu giving an insight to the road that has been walked on the journey to the deliverance of ‘Bars’.
Proving his skills of late as an artist, producer and DJ has verified Jammer as an all round triple-threat. Pulling together the all-star cast of emcees for recent hit Royal Rumble as lead track for top ten release Lord of the Mics 7, (which he is also the co-founder of), was followed in quick succession by the release of his remix to Disclosure’s ‘Jaded’, which was premiered by i.D and picked up by Radio 1, dance DJ, Pete Tong.
Jammer is here, always has been, always will be and keeps supplying more than ever before. This time it’s serious, this time “let’s see who can dark”.
God is in the TV
Louder Than War
Jim Gellatly, The Scottish Sun
Colin Jackson, Artrocker / Loud Horizon
Scots Whay Hae
Tom Robinsons Fresh On The Net
3rd November - Broadcast, Glasgow (support for The Babe Rainbow, 3/11),
21st November - Saint Lukes, Glasgow (Album Launch)
All songs written by Greg Dingwall