Thursday, 24 September 2020

WATCH: Premium Leisure - 'Remedies'

I often preface a post like this, but I am really excited to share this track. Seriously. It's a year since I was last in Oxford, on a short solo trip before starting my new job, but I still feel such an affinity to the local music scene there. This project is about as close as Oxford is getting to a supergroup... the solo project/brainchild of Chris Barker, a local songwriter/producer (and guitarist for Willie J Healey) - Premium Leisure. The project sees contributions from Ash Cooke of blog fave BE GOOD, Casper Miles and Jack Kendrew of PETSEMATARY, and WJH bandmates Harry Deacon and Mike Monaghan, as well as Willie himself. 

Remedies is the first single taken from an upcoming EP due for release in early 2021, a feel good call to "do whatever makes you feel good" amidst the fog of pressures that society, and ourselves, put upon us. On the track, Chris notes "Remedies considers a more laid back and outward looking mindset - to do what makes you, and people around you, feel good." 

The track is produced by Oli Barton-Wood, the first release on his new South London label plum cuts. Having worked with Porridge RadioMellahALASKALASKAObongjayar and Nil├╝fer Yanya in his Little Legs studio in Peckham, Oli decided to set up a label to share some of the music that he'd been working on. He explains "I was sitting on all this great music that I'd been working on with friends, and realised it might not find its way out there unless I did something about it. A few artists seemed reluctant to do the self-release thing because it can be daunting to take it all on, so I just thought 'screw it, why don't I just help them do it.' There's a really exciting little community of musicians and artists that come through the studio, so it feels really natural to pull them together for the label." 

Grab the new single digitally on the plum cuts Bandcamp page here.

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