All Werk Is Play - Album Launch on Thursday 19th May 2022
‘All Werk Is Play’ marks Werkha’s first full-length solo project since his debut album ‘Colours Of A Red Brick Raft’ on Tru Thoughts in 2015, and sees this multi-talented musician produce a delightfully vibrant body of werk.
This album is predominantly a set of uptempo compositions from Werkha (real name Tom Leah), fusing analogue jazz-funk vibes with modern dance music sensibilities. Nestling somewhere between broken beat and breakbeat, Werkha has been nurturing his own unique sonics for some time; incorporating live
horns & wind instruments with bass, double-bass, harp and guitar, along with a selection of sweet squelchy synths and delectable drum programming.
We’ve had several single releases from this project so far, namely ’Eterno Retorno’ (with Portuguese singer Moreiya), ’In Saint-Gilles’ (with Brussels DJ & producer, Le Motel), ‘Move Different’ (with Mancunian singer & musician
Ellen Beth Abdi), ‘Beauty & The Bloc’ and ‘Battered Mars Bar’.
As well as the afore-mentioned collaborations, this album also features bars from legendary MCR MC Chunky (Swamp81 / Levelz) on ‘May Day’, soulful vocals from Kemani Anderson (Secret Night Gang) on‘ Count Yer Pace’ and some heavyweight accompaniment from the likes of bassists Nick Blacka (GoGo
Penguin) and Tom Driessler (Adele, Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei) amongst others.
‘All Werk Is Play’ was an opportunity for Werkha to produce a full body of work in the conceptual formation of an album, as opposed to a set of singles strung together. From ‘The Rigour’ EP to the subsequent releases, this album completes a circle in his current creative curve, from a design perspective and sonically. Werkha has been steadily pushing his own self-production and musicality, embracing mistakes, and challenging himself both creatively and mentally. As a self-edutaining piece, the depth, nuances and examples of work as play are numerous, and whilst each track was thematically inspired by different topics, the fun element of “play” was always forefront in his mind, to ultimately create something powerful, yet positive.
In Werkha’s words:
“this record is dedicated to mixing things up, to walking down that street for once because your feet took you that way, to deciding not to take the bus today, to moments of improv, to breaking with convenience, to challenging structure, to play.“
Tracks have received recent spins & support from BBC Radio heavyweights on
1Xtra & 6 Music like Jamz Supernova, Tom Ravenscroft, Huey Morgan and Afrodeutsche, as well as love from selectors such as DJ Paulette, Scratcha DVA, Harvey Sutherland, Zakia Sewell (NTS) & Jyoty (Rinse).
Music Genres: Bounce, Disco House, Electronic, Jazz, Soulful House
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