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Peshay: Generation

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    Following a string of celebrated releases for the likes of Island and Metalheadz, drum 'n' bass legend Peshay turns his midas touch to live funk, jazz and tropical compositions in a vibrant new direction on his first album for Tru Thoughts. Entitled 'Generation' and due out on 9th December, the album follows the upfront EP of the same name which has gained early airplay from Gilles Peterson and Craig Charles on BBC 6Music, and excited reactions from seasoned tastemakers worldwide including Sinden, Danny Krivit and Ashley Beedle.

    Inspired by his lifelong love of all sorts of sounds from jazz and disco to funk, house and Latin American music, this new material finds the London based producer using only live musicians, each of whom bring a little of their own style, and creating an evocative world within each track. While some of his previous releases most notably his highly acclaimed 1999 debut LP 'Miles From Home' - hint at this wider spectrum of influences, this is the first time that Peshay has produced a full album that gives no clues as to his drum 'n' bass stalwart status.

    "Maybe it will be a shock for some people," says Paul Pesce, the man behind the moniker; "but I love different styles and don't want to only make drum and bass. Tru Thoughts is a fantastic platform for me to express myself in a different way, and I look forward to doing more eclectic productions as well as more drum and bass in future."

    Fans will be relieved to find that Peshay does not neglect the dancefloor here, as the 'Generation' LP packs as many party tunes as it does melodic, post-club jams; and punchy production holds sway throughout. The tribal rhythms and transporting groove of opener "Bronx Life" lead into a vibrant, vintage swing-jazz feel and experimental, shifting tempo on "Vanguard". Strong instrumental hooks characterise the carnivalesque, Latin-inspired house tune "Seville"; "Dirty" brings a sleazy, cheeky retro electro kick; while "Kickin' It With The Piano Trio" - a live, freeform and snaking jazz jam with propulsive drums - ups the feelgood factor and demonstrates top drawer musicianship. Coming over like a lost '70s film soundtrack, "Midnight Express" drives things in a decidedly suspenseful, funk-fuelled direction; beautiful woodwind and brass flourishes on "Sundown" mix with a woozy early-hours vibe and big breaks; and the title track closes the album on an upbeat and playful, Hammond-heavy jam.

    From his first big DJ break at Bass Box in April '91, Peshay's rise through the rave and drum 'n' bass scenes was meteoric. The excitement that he generates in a crowd reflects his own energy: hyperactive, talkative and passionate. His first recordings hook-ups with the infamous Bay B Kane and then Bizzy B - lit up the rave scene in 1992, leading to many collaborations including work with the likes of LTJ Bukem, and a prolific solo output. After an illness which took him out of DJing and producing for nearly two years, Peshay's comeback session, in 1995 at the Metalheadz Bluenote Club, was a euphoric personal moment and is still talked about today; and he re-established himself with releases including 'Psychosis', 'Predator', 'On The Nile' and many remixes for Metalheadz. Signed by James Lavelle to Mo' Wax in 1995, Peshay began work on his debut LP, but with merger madness all around, found himself on Ross Allen's Island Blue Records to release 'Miles From Home' in 1999. Winning the Drum 'n' Bass category at the 2001 DJ Awards at Pacha Ibiza was another career highlight, as was the highly acclaimed 'Fuzion' album on his own Cubik Music label. Peshay's remix credits, including Galliano, Jay Dee, John Coltrane, LTJ Bukem, Photek, Carl Craig, Goldie, Ingrid Schroeder, DJ Die, DJ Shadow and Courtney Pine, make for an impressive catalogue of quality dance tracks over the last 22 years.

    In March 2013, Peshay's 'Funkster EP' on V Recordings, made waves in the drum 'n' bass scene as well as crossing over into other genres, displaying his versatility. In addition to inking a deal with Tru Thoughts, this year has also found him setting up his own new label, Peshay Music, for other projects on the horizon.

    Track Listing

    1. Seville
    2. Midnight Express
    3. Kickin It With The Piano Trio

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