Preview: Jack Foley
THIS Summer sees the highly anticipated release of Mercury Music
Prize nominee Nitin Sawhneys second studio album, Human.
Sawhney is undoubtedly one of the world's most sought after musical
talents, having carved his own cultural niche as a songwriter,
composer, producer, and DJ.
Human is a truly sublime record, featuring a host of mind-blowing
vocal performances fused with exceptional songwriting and jaw-dropping
The album is set to take the listener through a journey of life,
beginning with the honey-dipped R&B number The River
(featuring Blur vocalist Alani), through to the fiery Brazilian
beats of Eastern Eyes (featuring The Streets Kevin
Mark Trail and Natacha Atlas).
Martin Luther Kings State of Union Address takes
the listener from birth to childhood, with Tina Graces vulnerable
and ever-poignant vocals on the anthemic Say Hello, closely
followed by Jacob Golden and Reena Bhardwaj on the dreamy Falling
Track five, Falling, features Aqualung's Matt Hales and
Reena marks the arrival of innocent hope and determination, leading
into classic Sawhney territory with Heer, a trip-hop inspired
track featuring the truly awesome lead vocal talents of British-born
Other highlights are said to include Taio (who has previously
worked with British R&B maestro, Wookie) lending his passionate
vocals to the soulful Rainfall, which leads listeners into
adulthood with the surprisingly appropriate Shakespeare-inspired
Waiting (O Mistress Mine).
Human winds up to present day with the talents of Ronus
pure Indian classical flute over a house production, and fades
out with Jayanta Boses haunting vocals on final track, The
Nitin Sawhney continues to break new ground with each release
and this album promises to be no exception.
With a cast of vocalists and instrumentalists that only Sawhney
can deliver, Human looks set to become a landmark event
in the 2003 British music calendar.
The album is out on July 14, on V2 records.
Keep checking back to these pages for more news on Nitin Sawhney,
including an exclusive IndieLondon interview with the artist,
recorded earlier this Summer.