What began as a plan for a live performance at the Barbican in honour of the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew in early 2020 - an event that was sadly to be scuppered by the pandemic - would eventually blossom into so much more. London Brew is a collection of original recordings rooted in inspiration and celebration - not just a rapturous, moving tribute to one of the most totemic figures in modern music but equally a one-off moment in London's musical history captured forever on four sides of vinyl. As Lampcov writes in the album's liner notes, ""London Brew is also inspired by... London. The city, the people, her creativity and her struggles. London Brew is primordial, born out of a year of trying to get to grips with what being human is about. The sounds and melodies cover the gamut of human emotion from delicate and caring to coarse and angry. Nothing is left unsaid.""
Comprised of a veritable who's who of some of the most important and innovative musicians of the 21st century, London Brew features contributions from Benji B, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings, Dave Okumu, Tom Skinner and more, brought together by Producer and guitarist Martin Terefe and Executive Producer Bruce Lampcov.
Recorded in December 2020 at Paul Epworth's Church Studios in London, Terefe explains how the resulting music is ""sometimes uncomfortable, other times it's familiar and joyous and other times it's like deep meditation.""
London Brew Is:
Dave Okumu: Guitar
Martin Terefe: Guitar, Electronics
Nubya Garcia: Tenor Sax, Flute
Benji B: Decks, sonic feed and re-cycling
Dan See: Drums, Percussion
Nick Ramm: Piano, Synthesizers
Nikolaj Torp Larsen: Synthesizers, Melodica
Raven Bush: Violin, Electronics
Shabaka Hutchings: Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Kalimba
Theon Cross: Tuba
Tom Herbert: Electric bass, Double Bass
Tom Skinner: Drums, Percussion