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"It's soul music for people who have been dismayed by most of the major developments in soul music of the last two, even three, decades. Andrew Ashong stands out. We haven't had one of these for a while: a hazy, jazzy dreamer of a young soul rebel." The Guardian Annie Mac- BBC Radio One- "Pure Vibes" Gilles Peterson BBC6 Music- "So much buzz on this.. Can't work out which my favourite track is off the new EP! They are all so good" Links Abeano Pause Musicale The Guardian- Andrew Ashong (New band of the day No 1,661) Ransom note Press Release I never wanted to be a singer says Andrew Ashong, voice behind one of 2013's iconic club hit records 'Flowers'. Released on Theo Parrish's Sound Signature the 9-minute cut was a summer anthem, played by DJs as diverse as Tim Sweeny, Floating Points and Benji B. Gilles Peterson listeners voted it the 'Track of The Year' at the Worldwide Awards. All of which came as a surprise to studio perfectionist Andrew. Growing up in Forest Hill with Ghanian/English parents, he listened to disco, funk and soul, amassing a huge vinyl collection initially from charity shops, supplemented by his older brothers Roy Ayers, Herbie Hancock and choice Talking Loud Records collection. At 16 he was playing out the vinyl collection, everywhere from the Blue Note on Hoxton Sq in '96, to house parties right through to Rhythm Section in Peckham in 2013. But creating those big budget studio sounds at home didn't seem realistic. Let alone going onstage to sing. While he'd record at home, fascinated by the chords to Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together', he did all sorts of jobs as well as DJing. Building work,fixing computers, driving and working in a cafe. Still, he had no intention of releasing his musical sketches. Until, Theo Parrish drifted into his orbit as a friend. He played him some unfinished bars of a song and Theo demanded that they sit down that minute and arrange a version he could play out at Plastic People that night. 'Flowers' became a stable of his DJ sets worldwide. And went on to be one of the...
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