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A Step feat. Pete Josef
~ Manu Delago
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD187
“Amazing percussionist and Hang player” – Björk
“Captivating and compelling… truly mesmerising” – i-D
“An incredible musician in everything he plays” – Nitin Sawhney
“Really special” – Jamie Cullum (BBC R2)
“Avant-garde, classy” – Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music)
“Intriguingly beautiful… A mercurial sound indeed” – DJ Mag
“A masterful and sensitive musician” – The Telegraph
“A man with a head full of ideas” – Songlines
“A legend in the making” – The Ransom Note
“A Step feat. Pete Josef” is the lead single to be lifted from the third solo album by celebrated Hang player, percussionist, producer and composer Manu Delago. This atmospheric song sees Delago melding a mesmerising, live-manipulated Hang performance with an equally captivating vocal turn from Gilles Peterson Worldwide Award-nominee Pete Josef.
“A Step feat. Pete Josef” embodies this clarity of sound and intent. Almost all of the effects on the Hang come from live manipulation during the recording, the instrumental track having been captured in a one-take performance. “I still wanted to use electronics, but my aim was to create soundscapes that are performed rather than programmed, and therefore sound organic and human”, says Delago. “It may initially sound like production, but it's all performance, happening in the moment”.
“A Step” is inspired by venturing into the freezing cold water of a mountain stream or pool, a crystal clear mental image that sparks infinite emotive and philosophical trains of thought. “It’s a step that’s so hard to make, but you know you’ll never regret it”, Delago elaborates.
The vocal contribution from Pete Josef – an in-demand musician working with the likes of Roni Size and Reprazent, Kelis and Darren Emerson (Underworld) alongside his solo outings - was, in Delago’s words, “magical, right from the first demo”, as can be heard in the intimate and relatively unadorned combination of Hang and voice on this single.