\\ Tawiah brings together London and LA in new EP ft Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
If there was a heat map illustrating some of the hottest releases from the new jazz wave, you’d see rouge clouds over LA and London, especially South of the river. It’s surprising that more creative collaborations haven’t tied the two together recently. Vocalist and label founder Tawiah sets about changing that with her new EP Recreate, featuring Kamasi Washington collaborator Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
We premiere our favourite track, Don’t Hold Your Breathe.
“Don’t you wait ’till I get over you to tell me how you feel”; Don’t Hold Your Breathe is brave yet vulnerable. Tawiah draws you into her mind’s reflections as she works through a complicated break up (although, aren’t they all?). Realisations come late, and frustrations are left unresolved. Tawiah’s lyrics manage to be vague enough to appeal to a wide spectrum of experiences, but for anyone who connects with her lyric’s direct story, they are a piercingly honest plea of emotional desperation contradicted by proud defiance.
The strings are composed and arranged by violinist Miguel Atwood Ferguson, collaborator to Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and Lana Del Rey. The production touches were made on the UK side of the Atlantic by Hejira’s Sam Beste.
If you haven’t heard of Tawiah, chances are you’ve heard her without realising. She’s gained collaborative credits with some serious high flyers including Blood Orange, Cinematic Orchestra and UK MC Wiley. She’s forayed into pop too, working with Cee-Lo Green, and being selected by Mark Ronson to front his live band whilst supporting Jay-Z on his world tour.
Recreate EP follows Tawiah‘s Run EP and Freedom Drop Mixtape. The South Londoner releases Recreate EP on her collective-turned-label Lima Limo.
JS | Tina Edwards