London-based jazz-electronic quartet respair premiere a new track chock full of raw energy and an exploratory, free-flowing sound

Song Premiere: respair – Hold On To Me

London based jazz-electronic quartet respair have carefully honed a body of work that is palpably hypnotic and cinematic. Sonically, they are a reflection of the four members’ diverse tastes and backgrounds, bringing jazz sensibilities, classical training, emotive vocals and an eclectic, soulful palette to each composition. Lyrically, their work grapples with what it means to be part of racial/ethnic minority communities, understanding inner conflict, queer identity and isolation, creating a sound interwoven with difficult truths and laden with profound meaning.

“Hold On To Me” was recorded as a live take to capture raw energy and exhibits an exploratory, free-flowing sound that draws on a myriad of influences—from soul, jazz, electronic, pop and classical. It’s a track that slowly grows and unfurls, carrying the listener on a journey through cold waves of jagged, driving drums, fluid bassline riffs and on to its climax a series of towering and scorching keyboard improvisations, before offering the listener a quiet moment for reflection as the outro lulls and dissipates. Sure to please fans of Sons of Kemet, Floating Points, and Contour.