Hamish Balfour – Yes or No ft. Lyric L (TS Premiere)

It has been a long time (7 years) since Hamish Balfour blew us away with his stunning ‘Light in the Dark’ single. Finally, we have some new music from this talented pianist, drummer, composer and producer.

That’s not to say that Balfour has been sitting idly around. In the intervening years, he’s worked with Incognito, Jaubi, Tenderlonious, Yam Who, Faze Action, Nim Quartet and more. If that’s not enough, his compositions have also been featured on BBC and Channel 4 shows.

Having stepped back into the spotlight last month with ‘South Of The Sun’, a gentle slice of jazz fusion and soul from his upcoming Running Colours album. He’s back with Yes or No, which features spoken word artist and broken beat icon Lyric L.

As razor-sharp as she was on Seiji’s classic bruk cut Loose Lips, Lyric L contemplates love’s uncertainty over a swinging beat driven by tight drums and Hammond chords. As the track closes, a soaring trumpet solo weaves around nimble keys.

To bring his album to life, Balfour enlisted James Copus (trumpet), Pete Matin (bass), Laurie Lowe and Saleem Raman (drums) and Rob Updegraff (guitar). The eleven-track album also features vocal contributions from Elsa Esmeralda, Belle Humble and Andre Espeut. It presents Balfour’s fresh take on jazz fusion, bringing the genre into the future.

Stay tuned for the Running Colours album to drop on 4th November.

Running Colours Tracklist:

1. Alphonse
2. Running Colours (with Elsa Esmeralda)
3. South of the Sun
4. Yes or No (with Lyric L),
5. Shells
6. Wish I knew you (with Andre Espeut)
7. Reflector 28
8. Mongol
9. Screen time
10. Wealth (with Belle Humble)
11. Amber

Running Colours will be released on Shapes Of Rhythm.

CF Smith

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