After the huge impact of his debut LP “What The Future Holds” in 2012, S.P.Y goes “Back To Basics” and takes us deeper, darker and further underground with his new LP. We spoke to him to find out a little bit more about the inspiration behind some of the tracks on the album.
Cold Harsh Air
Cold Harsh Air is a collaboration with Total Science and Grimm. We got inspired to write this track because it was really cold in London at the time and we wanted to do something that was musical but not necessarily a summer track. We combined a light, musical melody with the deep rolling baseline to give the track depth, then passed it over to Grimm in Canada to add the vocals.
I wrote the first idea for this track whilst in Brooklyn, New York in 2012 and the track actually started with a beat inspired by a mix of breakdance and Afrika Bambaataa. I rediscovered the track on a hard drive late last year and redeveloped it into a drum and bass track, whilst still keeping the break style. I really enjoy playing this track on tour to mix up my sets and give the crowd something different.
I wrote this track after a long day of getting my fingers dusty crate digging in a record shop in North London. After I got home I listened to some of the records and began to get really inspired. For the edge that I wanted to give to the track the only vocalist that came to mind was Dianne, her voice is beautiful yet deep at the same time. As I’ve done for the whole album, I’ve tried to keep all of the tracks with an oldskool late 90′s vibe.
All these tracks are available for free when you pre-order S.P.Y’s album from iTunes. Alternatively, all pre-orders of the LP and CD from the Hospital Shop come signed by the man himself!