‘Renegades’ is the highly anticipated new LP from Mark de Clive- Lowe (MdCL), out on November 15th on Tru Thoughts. Recently unveiled in a special feature on long-time supporter Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 1 show, the impressive album is also gaining early props from KCRW’s Jason Bentley and other international tastemakers.
MdCL’s ninth solo longplayer under his own name, ‘Renegades’ finds the prolific producer and musician bridging a transition between two continents, and mining a rich seam of personal creativity and inspiration, having recently relocated to Los Angeles after ten years in London.
“I had a decade in London and that was my formative time as a producer. The UK club culture especially really informed me of all the elements of the track … Coming to Cali, the sun is always shining, there’s a whole different music tradition and different musicians that have their own influences. It’s been great trying to express all of that in one piece of work.” – says MdCL.
Alongside his own impeccable skills on beats, basslines, synths and more, the record features a cast of guest performers from both sides of the Atlantic, including vocalists Nia Andrews (Common, Janelle Monae), Tawiah (Warners) and Bembe Segue; percussionist extraordinaire Sheila E (Prince); bassist Pino Palladino (D’Angelo/The Who); strings virtuoso and Flying Lotus collaborator Miguel Atwood-Ferguson; drummers Lil’ John Roberts (US), with whom MdCL describes having a musical ‘telepathy’, and Richard Spaven (UK); guitarist to the stars Mike Feingold; and new labelmate Omar, the king of UK soul. Working with the cream of international musicians is something MdCL relishes.