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xoa - way west

way west
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XOA means to look outwards; to draw inspiration from many sources. ‘Way West’ is alive withthis: steeped in the rich analogue sonics of the past, the warmth of machines and influence fromthe sounds of London’s fervent music scene. Featuring a blend of contemporary electronicproduction and live instrumentation, 70s Afrobeat inspired drums and cosmic melodies are thrustinto the present day with strong cues from house and techno. Three vocalists contribute across the album, with Tyson choosing to work with singers he has apersonal admiration and friendship with. Hollie Cook, known to many for her ethereal pop tingedreggae, delivers a sumptuous contribution on ‘Heartland’, adding a beautiful emotional dimensionto the horn led track. Lulu Jones’ vocals are treated more as a sample for the garage tinged ‘CallOn Me’ and Ruby Wood, of Submotion Orchestra, has worked with Tyson over a number ofprojects and their shared love of 90s soul comes to the fore on the laid back grooves and sunkissed ‘Only One Thing’. “When collaborating, especially with vocalists on melodic and lyrical ideas, it’s important to havethat personal connection and respect for each other’s craft. That’s why I never ask vocalists toprepare anything in advance for the tracks, I like to get in the room and just see what happens inthe moment, to trust each other’s ideas, and for it to be a natural, organic and spontaneousprocess”. Collaboration has always been at the heart of the project for Tyson. He plays the bulk of theinstruments on the album but invites Marijus Aleksa on drums to provide live energy, extra synthwork from Parisian Kenzo Zurzolo, and a notable Rhodes solo from Johnny Tomlinson (amember of Bonobo’s live band) on ‘Osu’. After well received releases on Soundway Records, Cin Cin (with Wayward) and Banana Hill(with Contours); ‘Way West’ shows another step up for Tyson as a writer and producer. “It feels like this project is coming alive for me, the music I envisaged in my mind a few years agois being realised, and I’m proud of how it sounds”. ‘Way West’ is set to be released on 14th June 2019 via London based label Five Easy Pieces(Mo Kolours, Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Natureboy Flako, Royalty, Call Super) on vinyl LP anddigital formats.
a01. vs20
a02. heartland feat. hollie cook
a03. way west
a04. damascene
a05. call on me feat. lulu james
b01. les musiciens
b02. only one thing feat. ruby wood
b03. osu
b04. dance of the mantas
b05. out + out
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