Following their success within the soul and dance crowd, British duo ‘Equals’ have recently revealed their latest offering to the musical masses, ‘Old Habits’. A six track EP featuring smooth originals and two brand new singles, sure to entice ears and minds.
Emerging from Hackney in 2013, band members James Low (production) and Ade Omotayo (lead vocals) create epically loud environments with their atmospheric vocals.
Now producing music under US- based label Fresh Selects and Senseless Records in the UK, Omotayo got his first big break as a backing singer for Amy Winehouse. Since then he has gone on to work with a huge selection of musicians including Basement Jaxx, Quincy Jones, Mark Ronson, Kindness, Kelela and Matthew Herbert.
Putting this vast musical experience to good use, ‘Old Habits’ combines powerful vocals with playful synths to create melodies that seamlessly blend electronic waves and soothing soul throughout the record. Previously released tracks ‘Pyre’, ‘Single Soul’, ‘Trap’ and ‘Black on Gold’ maintain the band’s unique rhythmic atmosphere, layering percussion, intelligent lyrics and a charming bassline together. Whilst new singles, title track ‘Old Habits’ and ‘No Ordinary Love’ add more ethereal vocals and electronic soul.
Listen to and order Equal’s new album on Tidal and iTunes here. Follow the duo on Facebook and Twitter. Check out their songs on Soundcloud along with the amazing Fresh Selects for more chilled records.
1. Blind man – SPZRKT – probably my song of the year; I feel it in my soul. Amazing.
2. Antidote – Travi$ Scott – Catchy, catchy, catchy.
3. All Cried Out – Blonde feat. Alex Newell – There is always one top 40 hit that gets me. Last year was Sia’s ‘Chandelier’, this year it’s this song.
4. Another One – Mac Demarco – Mellow vibes; a soundtrack for thinking back.
5. Take Care My Baby – Michael E White – Great running track; the lyrics chant ‘pumping fresh blood for ya’ and off I do.
6. Black belt – John Grant – Mr Grant is incredible; this song is a lyrical backhander for anyone feeling themselves too much.
1. Fight - Nicolas Jaar - Proving you can still make 9 minute popular progressive music
2. Apple Cherry - Nao - Would love to play a show next year with this great local talent
3. Closure - Lapalux feat. Szjerdene - Definitely a big influence for equals music on tracks like Pyre
4. Decisions - thestand4rd - Sometimes, one idea is so good you don’t need anything else.
5. Nunchucks (My Ninja) - Doja Cat - That synth though
6. Riot - Mykki Blanco - So good live, can definitely fuck the club up
7. Timeless - Illa J - For the vocal production and piano alone
8. Life Round Here - James Blake feat. Chance - Two of the modern greats
9. Falling Short - Låpsley - Because less is always more
10. The Ordeal - Stuart Warwick - The best kept secret vocal talent in Brighton if not the whole fucking world
Words: Luke Cole