British breakbeat group Kosheen premiere “Harder They Fall”
MUZU.TV are excited to present the premiere of “Harder They Fall” by the British trip-hop group Kosheen.
Once in a while, a band comes along that doesn’t just ignore the rulebook, but rewrites it. Since forming in the late 90’s, Kosheen have proved that success doesn’t have to come on someone else’s terms. Fusing the plaintive, potent vocals of singer Sian Evans with the darkly intimate electronica of Darren Decoder and Markee Substance, Kosheen create songs where the sounds tell the story as much as the lyrics while the boundaries of genres are blurred and challenged.
The world agreed they were something special. Kosheen’s compelling, anthemic track ‘Hide U’ reached no. 6 in the UK singles chart, while ‘Catch’ hit number 15 and ‘Hungry’ got to number 13. The accompanying album, ‘Resist’, went on to reach no. 8 in the album chart and made the top 30 in Australia, The Netherlands, Belgium and Greece. It has since sold a million copies worldwide.
The end of 2013 sees a brand new album entitled ‘Solitude’. Markee Substance explains the progression: “’Independence’ represented the band breaking free from some behind the scenes stuff, simply moving on. Therefore the album reflected this upbeat energy. ‘Solitude’ in comparison is darker and more atmospheric. It has a deeper vibe to the tunes.” The process of creation within Kosheen is complex: “’Solitude’ for us has been an on-going process. We are always writing on and off the road. We all have home-studios, and we all work with laptops, so we are constantly able to bounce ideas off each other and in some cases literally capture the idea there and then. We always start with beats first then work on the tunes, in parallel with seeing what ideas for the vocals Sian has. After that we work our magic in the studio and come up with the result.”
As for the title of the album? “Solitude for us, in the context of this album, is being alone without being lonely. It is a positive and constructive state of engagement. And it is a state of mind, where you provide yourself the sufficient company.”
Solitude is released in the UK on 2nd December by Kosheen/Membran Records. It will be preceded by a single, Harder They Fall, which has an impact date of 25th November.
The MUZU.TV Team