We’ve premiered music from this combination before, but why this new one from Neue Grafik and Wayne Snow particularly stands out is because of the label housing them. Since the first mysterious split 12″ surfaced towards the end of 2013, 22a have been keeping it strictly UK, nay strictly London. While opening their arms to the music of foreign lands is no strange as a DJ collective – check their far-reaching Worldwide FM monthlies for ample evidence – it’s nonetheless a big step for the label to break from local tradition.
Quite an endorsement for the French beatmaker, who follows up an EP for WOLF late last year with Soul Conspiracy. The first five tracks continue in the same vein as much of the catalogue Tenderlonious has assembled over the last three plus year, mixing broken beat and lo-fi boogie. Hidden on the B3 comes a departure, teaming up with Berlin-via-Nigeria singer Wayne Snow, fresh off the heels of his debut album for Tartalet, whose glossy vocals help construct a more fully formed song, under live drums and Fender rhodes.
For more 22a on STW:
Label Spotlight: 22a (mixed by Tenderlonious)
Premiere: Tenderlonious – ‘Song For My Father’
Premiere: Dennis Ayler – ‘Ms Chambers’
Premiere: Dennis Ayler feat. Tenderlonious – Nobody But U
Premiere: Dennis Ayler – ‘Friday Night’