Having announced the reissue of Rare Silk’s cult song, Storm, London label Emotional Rescue get ready to drop another sought after gem.
For their next release, the label presents singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Desmond Coke’s rare, privately pressed LP, Let’s Chase The Sun in edited form.
Pressed initially on Coke’s own Saterlite Entertainments in 1989, he describes the album’s purpose, “to get the message across to have focus, ambition, to dream and ‘chase the sun’. That relationships are important, ‘I need somebody’ and naturally the chemistry is ‘you and me’. Great relationships are about friendships and that it’s ok to ‘mesmerise a friend’. The most natural thing is to enjoy each other’s company and to ‘make a love child’. These good intentions and meanings, where love is the key.”
The talented self-taught pianist, drummer and sax player known as ‘Fatfingers’ due to improvisation and interpretation skills – began playing keyboards by ear at 15 and played with the likes of Prince Fari, Barrington Levy, Dillinger, and Don Cherry, as well as a range of the On-U Sound label’s projects.
Throughout the brilliant record, Coke skillfully combines reggae, dub, jazz, soul, meringue, gospel and garage, to create a wholly unique new sound. Highlights are in abundance, from the hard-edged funk rock perfection of the title track to the lo-fi synth soul of ‘Automatically, You and Me’, onto the freaky electronic funk of ‘Let Us Make A Love Child’ and the deliciously addictive and catchy grooves of ‘Mesmerise A Friend’.
Big shout out to Emotional Rescue for making this rare recording widely available once again.