Out today, ‘Life Is Valuable’ is taken from Adam Scrimshire’s imminently released album ‘Listeners’. Featuring James Alexander Bright on vocals, the song is a soulful reminder that life everywhere is important.
On the origins of the track, Scrimshire remembers: “This is the oldest song on the album. When I wrote the music I was between homes, sleeping on a friend's sofa, not sure exactly where I was going next, but understanding how fortunate I was not to be worried by that, that people were holding and looking after me. When James interpreted this, he captured it so perfectly. The journey from darkness into light now perfectly mirrors my own journey from that place into one of joy and peace.”
James Alexander Bright explains: “As soon as I heard the track it felt like it had light and dark. The song deals with questions about how that can make us feel. It’s summed up as a reminder that life in all forms in important. Animals, plants, sea-life, humans, the Earth - Life Is Valuable - don’t forget it. The track features my son - as a father it is apparent to me everyday we need to do better, to be better.”
Released on 19th July, Scrimshire's fourth album 'Listeners' draws from his passion for jazz, soul and electronic music of all styles; from an energetic combination of Afrobeat and garage on 'Won't Get Better', to the lushly orchestrated neo-soul of 'Thru You', and the harmonious jazz experimentations of 'I Never'. The album features a host of esteemed guest vocalists and musicians telling their own personal stories, including Georgia Anne Muldrow, Emma-Jean Thackray, Joshua Idehen, Madison McFerrin and Chip Wickham
Since joining the Wah Wah 45s label in 2007, Scrimshire has released three albums of experimental cinematic jazz, and electronic sounds. Following his 2009 debut ‘Along Came The Devil One Night’, his second album ‘The Hollow’ (2011) was a BBC 6 Music Album of the Week, with Gilles Peterson calling it “A late contender for album of the year”.
In the time since the release of his last album ‘Bight’ (“An eclectic range of influences ranging from disco to fusion to more contemporary electronic styles” XLR8R) in 2013, Adam has worked with long-time musical accomplice Dave Koor on new project Modified Man, and launched Albert’s Favourites releasing projects by The Expansions, Hector Plimmer and Jonny Drop. He has continued to gain radio and DJ support for his successful “Scrimshire Edits” series and has produced and mixed records for artists including Stac, Daudi Matsiko, Bastien Keb, Rōnin Arkestra, Jonny Drop. He has also continued to develop the Wah Wah 45s label, where he is now a co-owner and director.
released July 12, 2019
Written by Adam Scrimshire and James Alexander Bright
James Alexander Bright on vocals
Adam Scrimshire on Juno, guitar, percussion
Chris Boot on Drums
Dave Koor on Rhodes and Moog bass
Mixed and produced by Adam Scrimshire
Mastered by Walter Coelho