- Release Date 2005-07-18
- Label First Word Records
- Catalog FW04
Cousin J and hip hop junkie Testament (Homecut Directive). After a chance encounter in a Leeds Jazz
Club, and the addition of sultry vocalist Shaheen, the group began work on their debut album (due for
release in the autumn) in early 2003. Butterfl y represents both their fi rst single, and their fi rst completed
track as a group, and is a pointer to what you can expect in the future from the crew: conscious lyricism,
laid-back, jazzy grooves and a hefty slice of modern British soul.
Multi-instrumentalist Cousin J has been producing music for over 15 years: an original player in Leeds?
notorious DIG! Family and DJ at Back To Basics his musical journey began when he was 16 years old
in the rarefi ed atmosphere of Gilles Peterson's infamous Sunday afternoon Dingwalls sessions. Inspired
by the sounds that went on to defi ne 90's jazz in the UK, J started funk outfi t Sidewinder whose single
'Together/Crack The Crackers? (Tongue 'n' Groove) became a fl oor fi ller at clubs across the globe,
including legendary NYC spot 'Giant Steps'.
Testament has been spitting rhymes since he was fourteen, rocking clubs for the last seven years, having
performed with UK heavyweights Jehst, Mark B & Blade and Fingathing. Testament's crew Homecut
Directive released their debut 12' last year to widespread critical acclaim.
Butterfl y takes us on a journey into the soul of the 'urban countryside', to fi nd spiritual transformation.
Testament and Cousin J's lazy verses are woven into a gorgeous, organic beat, creating the perfect summertime vibe: Butterfly will entice a springtime smile from even the most grey-faced commuter.
Added to this is a deep, jazzy remix from ex-Cookin? Records don Cedar (now a full-time member of
the Maths? live show). With a change of tempo, extra vocals, rhodes and guitar, it switches up the vibe
of the original, and points the way to a new style for Cedar, creating a track perfect for the more leftfield
'Great for the radio. Will playlist Cedar & Nostalgia remixes & will play on my several radio shows. Very good.'
(Laurent Garnier - PBB, Various - Worldwide)'