Let’s live that Rudimental music life today…because it’s just so delightful….
After virtually popping up out of nowhere in 2012 with their overseas chart destroying number one single “Feel the Love,” West London-based electronic quartet Rudimental first came together a few years earlier under the production name of duo Piers Agget and Kesi Dryden. Agget’s turntable skills brought him into the mix with DJ Locksmith, who soon joined the pair, followed later by a chance meeting with Amir Amor at a recording studio in London, which completed them to be the music truth holding quartet they are today.
The funky group’s first release, 2011’s dancehall-inspired “Deep in the Valley,” appeared on the dub stepped up label, Black Butter, and was followed by singles “Speeding” and “Spoons,’ where they were picked up quickly by Asylum Records/Warner Music and finally released the blockbuster “Feel the Love.”
Working with some of the U.K.’s finest talent including Foxes, Alex Clare and MNEK, Rudimental’s mix of dubstep, R&B, house and drum’n’bass fits like a music glove with any of the dazzling music artists they werk with. But sadly, Rudimental’s cutting edge music sound hasn’t ignited stateside (for now), meaning that there’s no better time to put this extraordinarily talented group in this week’s 5 reasons why spot to convince you that you need to be living that Rudimental music life….right now.
1.They’re musically tight with Ed Sheeran…..
if there’s one overseas male diva out there right now who’s certainly displaying fine shades of ginger music truth, it’s everyone’s favorite “Seventeen” crooner, Ed Sheeran. Besides appearing on stage with Beyoncé and adding to his growing catalog of live covers, the UK crooner is super tight with Rudimental, appearing on not one, but two tracks on their just released and brilliant We the Generation set.
The first being is “Bloodstream” (for which Sheeran receives a co-writing credit) and the other being the blissful, “Lay It All On Me,” which just showcases that these boys really know how to gel when it comes to laying down a phat groove. In a music word, here lies one of the best songs that you’re probably not listening to as well as one dazzling track that radio hasn’t picked up on….and we can’t figure out why.
2.Their new album will set your fall off right….
Along with “Lay it All On Me,” Rudimental’s new set is just packed full of gummy & grimy goodies, dynamic overseas sounds and a roster of guest stars who simply add even more spike to the already powerful UK music punch.
Working with some of the U.K.’s finest talent, Rudimental will make you tell the truth alongside Anne-Marie and Will Heard on the dizzying, “Rumour Mill.” Red-hot overseas divas Lianne La Havas and Ella Eyre show their chops on slinky serenades, “Needn’t Speak” and “Too Cool,” and dazzling singer/songwriter MNEK is the matches that start the fire in the jazzy, “Common Emotion.” Really, that’s just a tiny bit of the talent that is laced on Rudimental’s sultry, seductive new set that musically molds together with the dirty and delightful bedroom ready beats that these memorable music artists cook up.
3.They’re even better live….
There’s a certain truth that we always must face when it comes to seeing our favorite electronic music artists live-will they or won’t they be playing off their laptops all night?
While some have prevailed in this subject (and some we won’t be, um, disclosing), Rudimental is just that act that knows how to bring the heat in and out of the studio. While we could put our headphones on and have quite the music ride through cruising through all of their live performances (especially for their more intimate in session sets), it’s when they take over BBC Live Lounge 1 Radio–especially for their riveting set in Ibiza from this year. The magical outdoor music display is not only driven by live music sunshine, but also a stunning display of special guests join them on stage, including MNEK and Emeli Sande, who show up to lend their vocal talents to Rudimental’s insane live medley of their romping roster of hits.
4.Because we must always respect our overseas music artists….
Not to throw shade at American music artists, but have you ever thought about just how much the UK has such extraordinary talent…who never breaks through to mainstream success? Sometimes (if not all the time.), some UK artists seem one step ahead of the curve (hey Sia and Adele) and truly deserve their moment on the music sun, with Rudimental certainly proving that they’re one of those coveted artists. Mainstream music has such a different vibe overseas, and we can only wish that each year we will get another Sia..Sam Smith…Ed Sheeran…Rudimenatal who will keep bringing us closer to all of us living that overseas music life.
But for now we must respect these artists because acts like Rudimental are certainly werkin’ hard to keep setting the music bar high for those who dare try to make it in this oh, so roller coaster-y mainstream music ride–and for that we must always show respect.
5.They rocked Bobby Womack’s world before he passed away…..
If the above reasons haven’t sold you as to why you need to be living that Rudimental music life right now, perhaps this final one will…
Close to the end of their tremendous We The Generation record is a track called “New Day,” which features vocals by the dearly departed, Bobby Womack. (For those that may not know, Mr. Womack was the epitome of baby makin’ music, creating such classic anthems, ‘If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “Across 110th Street,” just to get down with a few.)
The story of how Rudimental linked up with Womack is quite a fascinating and inspiring one, as Agget recently spilled about it to UK”s The Boombox…
“Well, we met him on Later… with Jools Holland a few years ago, and he came up to us and said, “Oh man that was amazing.” We were like, “Oh my god, we’re massive fans of you.” We kicked a vibe there. A couple of years later, he wanted to work with us. We were on tour, and sadly he passed away. But one of his last wishes … His wife sent over one of his a cappellas and said, “Would you like to have this?” And we thought it was amazing. We listened to it, and it made us cry. It was emotional. He was 70 and still had an amazing voice. That week, we made a beat to it, which was the same key and same tempo. It all came together really, really naturally, and it’s definitely one of our proudest moments on the new album.”
Now, do you really need another reason?
Put those headphones on and go live that Rudimental music life right here for the full We the Generation experience. Go.