Scrimshire has become one of the more influential voices of the London scene for quite a while now. Knowing him primarily from his label Wah Wah 45s, as well as his fantastic DJing, this new album is actually my first proper introduction to the talented musical polymath. His new album Listeners is a sublime project, combining his influences of jazz, soul and electronic music in a cohesive, intricately composed and beautifully textured album.
9 tracks in length, the project features an array of producers that bring their own personalities to the table. “Theme For Us” features instrumentalist Chip Wickham and poet Joshua Idehen, who both provide such stellar moments through incredible flute compositions and a spoken word piece that just works brilliantly together. Soothsayers feature on the upbeat “The Socials,” as they bring their wild afro beat and dub sounds to an eclectic and beautiful piece. Scrimshire’s synth leads and electronic compositions throughout are brilliant. The track “Before,” for instance has this profoundly moving piano piece that bridges two incredibly soulful tracks together. We’ve already spoken about “Life Is Valuable” with James Alexander Bright, a beautifully soulful track, while “After” is an angelic, spiritual track featuring And Is Phi, who provides mesmeric vocals to this rhythmic masterpiece.The soul of “I Never” with Madison McFerrin is gorgeous, as the percussion, keys and synths add a soft, soulful touch to this track. “Won’t Get Better” featuring Emma-Jean Thackray is one of my favourite tracks of the year, as I’ve played it countlessly on radio and with my headphones in, walking around South London. The rhythms and pulsating energy of this track is incredible, as Emma-Jean really excels vocally throughout. “Don’t Stop Here” features another incredible vocalist, Ego Ella May, who’s soothing voice is perfect for the subdued, beautiful composition. The legend Georgia Anne Muldrow features on “Thru You,” as she provides powerful vocals over heavy percussion and drums that bring infectious energy. A perfect way to close this album.
As I mentioned before, this is a sublime, exciting body of work and Scrimshire has exceeded all expectations for me. Listen to his brand new album Listeners below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Albert’s Favourites.