South London multi-instrumentalist and composer Nathan Jamal aka Roseland En Why Cee returns to the site with his self described ‘cinematic soul’ sound.
Existing in a beautiful space where genre lines are blurred ‘Spud’s Webb’ has a beat that will excite hip-hop heads and with its soulful textures, and confident cinematic sweeps fans of early BADBADNOTGOOD should take notice. Whether it’s the rich piano progressions or the hypnotic deep bass grooves that ooze throughout, this is most definitely the best track from Jamal so far.
The new single takes its inspiration from, former basketball player Spud Webb, as Jamal explains:
“It’s 1986, AAC Stadium, Dallas, Texas. 5’7” Spud Webb, the “Little Man of basketball” has silenced critics, commentators, teammates, pretty much everyone bar his hometown fans by making it to the last round of the NBA’s annual Slam Dunk Contest. But more than that, he’s only one shot away from winning it. Beating current champion and NBA poster boy Dominique Wilkins.
The whole stadium shifts to the edge of their seat as Spud lines up for the shot. With an unassuming confidence, he launches the ball ahead of him, bouncing it off the backboard, before running after it and taking off into the air. Time slows as he connects with the ball mid-flight. Their union celebrated by a hundred thousand little flash bulbs going off in the seats all around him. A serenity falls over his face as he follows the arch destined to take him to glory. The ball blasts through the net, shocking time back into its natural rhythm. The stadium erupts. The 50s go up.”
Take a listen below, and look out for more quality sounds from the newcomer soon!
Get better acquainted with Roseland En Why Cee by heading over to his Instagram account!
I’m obsessed with dualities (mixed race geminis, where you at?) and I like to try and fit them into everything I do. Sometimes that’s something obvious like a switch of mood in a song or blending genres. Sometimes I just like to sneak a very foreign sound into a piece. Something overtly digital amongst an analog ensemble.