Another masterpiece from Adam Scrimshire that bears the hallmarks of someone who has found his sound and draws effortlessly from across jazz, soul and folk in an engaging and heartwarming way - whilst not being afraid to tackle the issues of our times in a relatable way.
Favorite track: I Hear You, I See You (feat. Nat Birchall, Faye Houston).
I've been hooked on this since I first heard 'The Pile'. We played it on Smoove & Turrell's The Northern Coal Experience radio show on Totally Wired Radio and we had incredible feedback. Well done, Adam!
Nominated for Album of the Year - Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards
“Awesome... His best yet.”
— Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 6 Music
“A bona fide masterpiece”
— Joe Muggs
“Humility and humanity shine through in every note, lyric and subtle piece of instrumentation. Just don’t underestimate the combined power of those subtleties.”
— Patrick Corcoran, Albumism
“Sits seamlessly within a lineage that stretches back through the luxurious, string-laden future breaks of 4 Hero, Nuyorican Soul to Wanda Robinson, Roy Ayers, Rotary Connection et al.”
— Chris Sawle, Backseat Mafia
"An exhilarating experience for 2021. Nothing Feels Like Everything has the beats, poetry and vision to make it stand out in the crowd and continue to impress." Concrete Islands
“By far, Scrimshire has produced one of the best albums of 2021”
— Beat Caffeine
“A spiritual leaning, orchestral nu-jazz world in one of the most positive meditations on the age of virus I’ve heard so far.”
— The Slow Music Movement
“A technically flawless album and whilst that description can sometimes make the music seem cold, this collection isn’t. Every note transmits authenticity and warmth. Expertly fusing jazz, soul and elements of folk, with those perfectly conceived and executed collaborations, Nothing Feels Like Everything should be on everyone’s list to check out. ”
— Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War
So many of us head back out into the world post-lockdown, with a different perspective on the overpowering nature of it.
Nothing Feels Like Everything, looks deeply at how the absence of something can be just as overwhelming, whether the absence of physical contact, the absence of love, the absence of empathy and respect.
This album uses gentleness beside power and cacophony to recreate the vast swings of emotion experienced in isolation. When nothing can be too much, while at the same time, all we want.
The sixth studio album from Scrimshire is an atmospheric and emotional experience. Moments of swirling orchestral energy perfectly countered by quiet, meditative calm.
With only four vocal contributions on this record, it is his most instrumental exploration to date, with moving string arrangements alongside delicate synthesiser soaked rhythms. And those few vocal contributions are captivating. From the opening explosion of UK jazz and soul legend Cleveland Watkiss, with a powerfully clear call on behalf of the marginalised and oppressed in society to the deeply intimate and supportive incantations of Ursula Rucker. No word is wasted here.
The record still carries on a tradition of collaboration on Scrimshire albums with contributions from Jessica Lauren, Idris Rahman (Soothsayers, Wildflower, Ill Considered), Nat Birchall, Huw Marc Bennett, Miryam Solomon, Emanative and recent Albert's Favourites signing Pie Eye Collective.
"Throughout lockdown I've been writing so much, and when I released Believers Vol. 1 back in November, I'd wanted to bring people something that captured the warmth and hopefulness I think we needed in spite of deep political and cultural turmoil. But there were obviously very low moments, socially and personally and I was capturing those too. This album holds more of those times of loss and being lost, of solitary contemplation and meditation, of yearning, of anxiety. More than I've experienced before, the collaborations came through long and beautiful phone conversations, developing friendships with new people, rekindling and supporting older relationships, taking time and giving each other time, care and space to create. It's what makes this album special to me."
Nothing Feels Like Everything is released on 15th October 2021.
released October 15, 2021
Please check individual tracks for detailed credits
Contributions by Ursula Rucker, Cleveland Watkiss, Miryam Solomon, Faye Houston, Jessica Lauren, Emanative, Chris Boot, Bev Lee Harling, Frank Moon, Huw Marc Bennett, Pie Eye Collective, Idris Rahman, Daudi Matsiko, Vince Vela and Philip Harper.
Mixed by Adam Scrimshire
Mastered by Walter Coelho
Artwork by Adam Scrimshire
Back cover and label design by Jonny Drop
Digital distribution by Believe Digital
Vinyl distribution by Prime Direct Distribution
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Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell