SOOTHSAYERS MEET PRINCE FATTY / WE WON’T LOSE HOPE

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Trademark Dub

Having released nine albums over the course of twenty years, the latest of which, We Are Many, continues their trademark dub and Afrobeat sound as well as providing a positive and uplifting statement in challenging times – the overriding power of the music leading the band to continue forward, ever pushing their musical boundaries and concepts.

No track on the album does this to greater effect than We Won’t Lose Hope, a call for optimism despite the divisiveness of Brexit, and the uncertain future of a world slowly coming out of a global pandemic.

Hope For Nature & Our Planet

As frontman Robin Hopcraft puts it:

“Love will triumph over hate and the division, unrest and inequality in our communities, and we need resilience, perseverance and hope to get through to the other side with our spirits intact. Hope is what keeps humans going forward. Hope for our own futures, our loved ones, our communities, however big or small. Hope for nature and our planet, hope for human development so that people’s life paths are not defined by where they were born or how they appear.”

Getting Brighton based reggae royalty Prince Fatty involved in this single made sense both musically and politically. Wah Wah 45s has a long standing relationship with the Anglo-Italian Mike Pelanconi since releasing their Dele Sosimi Meets Prince Fatty And Nostalgia 77 In Dub album back in 2016. For Fatty the project allowed him to create a typically spaced out soundscape around Julia Biel’s exquisite vocals and add live instrumentation including none other than British soul legend Omar on keyboards!

The message behind the music was also important too though, as Mike explains:

“the concept of the song touched a nerve with me. I am of English and Italian descent and consider myself European. Brexit for me is a personal tragedy. Freedom of movement has been lost and for now at least the music we make is the only thing left with no borders!”

 

Reactions

“A track from Soothsayers’ current album We Are Many, given a sunshine sprinkling..a vibrant new dub treatment from Prince Fatty” Steve Lamacq (BBC 6Music Recommends)

“Mmm, that’s nice…” Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp Weekly)

“The beautiful sound of Soothsayers Meet Prince Fatty… beautiful stuff from them” Karen Gabay (BBC Manchester)

“Perfect Easter vibe. Such a great cut – will be my Hit, Miss or Maybe track.” Edward Adoo (BBC 3CR)

 

“Nice one.. I’ll definitely add this into the show.” DJ Ritu (BBC Radio London)

“Bop bop bop sounds great!! Definitely will play on our show.” Village Cuts (Soho Radio)

 

Steve Lamacq, BBC 6Music Drivetime & 6Music Recommends

Cerys Matthews, BBC 6Music

Craig Charles, BBC 6Music

Huey Morgan, BBC 6Music

Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music

David Rodigan, BBC 1Xtra

DJ Ritu, BBC Radio London

Karen Gabay, BBC Manchester

Edward Adoo, BBC 3CR

Mucho Soul, Totally Wired Radio

Marcus Agerman Ross, Planet Yes!, Totally Wired Radio

Village Cuts, Soho Radio

Various, 1BTN

Keith Lawrence, Mi-Soul Radio

Madera Verde, Mi-Soul Radio

DJ Harv, Point Blank FM

Charles Vaughn, Melodic Distraction Radio

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