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Harvey Sutherland returns with new single ‘Amethyst’, a jazz-leaning broken beat odyssey born out of sessions with London-based saxophonist Nubya Garcia and drummer Kahlil Memphis.
"‘Amethyst’ is a transcontinental collaboration with two musicians also at the peak of their scene: London-based saxophonist Nubya Garcia and drummer Kahlil Memphis. Garcia has earned acclaim for her expressive style of playing, which has afrobeat, hip-hop and grime influences seeped into its bones rather than worn like a badge. Memphis, meanwhile, glides through complex rhytms with ease, their edges roughened up by a sensibility lifted from London’s pirate radio, around which Harvey Sutherland’s cosmic synths and strings orbit.
“I wanted something that had a jazz feel and lightness that was still really informed by the London broken beat scene,” says Mike now. That it’s jazz is secondary – what’s exciting for Katz is exploring the “exciting, ephemeral” sensation of “interplay, the sound of people playing together.” And whilst ‘Amethyst’ might signal a more experimental evolution in Harvey Sutherland’s sound, you also sense his desire to bring players, sounds and global scenes together into something exciting and new is only just getting started."