Following universal praise for their previous releases and a period of assiduous studio hibernation, East London duo ‘Equals‘ have announced their highly-anticipated single; ‘Letter To Leave‘ as part of their debut album, ‘1997’. Consisting of songwriter James Low and singer Ade Omotayo, the duo are 21st-century modernists with rhythm, blues and modular synthesis; transfixed by creating beatific yet deeply meaningful music.
‘Letter To Leave’ is a unique track, boasting modern-day sounds, with the heart and soul of an 80’s classic. Meticulous horns, synths, claps, and funky bass licks, mesh with soulful pop grooves and soothing double-tracked vocals and overdubs, whilst contrasting basslines and future pop hooks are flanked by loops and stabs, drawing inspiration from the likes of Kaytranada, Frank Ocean and James Blake.
When asked about the inspiration behind their debut album, James explained the following:
“Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Solange’s A Seat at the Table inspired making a certain type of album – combining different musical styles, weaving each track into the next with skits or segues, repeating lyrics that reference and contextualise each other, still having songs standalone but, as an album, the songs paint a bigger picture…I’m not saying we come anywhere close to these incredible albums – but they created space in which it feels legitimate to try.”
Equals’ new album, ‘1997’ features guest appearances from members of Submotion Orchestra and the Bonobo band with contributions from producer Loxe (Nao), Ghosttown (High Focus) and Titeknots (Tru Thoughts) culminating in an immense immersive listening experience.