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Watching The Stars

by soothsayers

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Wah Wah 45s are proud to present Watching The Stars, the fourth single taken from Afro-dub warriors Soothsayers’ latest album, Tradition, which was released earlier this year to press praise and heavy radio support from the likes of Rodigan (BBC 1Xtra) through to a host of DJs on BBC 6Music including Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Don Letts, and Craig Charles.

As well as the original cut and radio edit, this single package boasts a brand new Dub version and Lagartijeando Remix.

“Watching The Stars” showcases a more mellow and soulful side of the band, to complement their often strident, politically assertive style. It was co-written by singer Julia Biel (a MOBO and BBC Jazz Award nominee, among other plaudits and recognition worldwide) with her partner - and Soothsayers band leader - Idris Rahman. With flavours of jazz and soul dancing atop the dub foundations, and characteristically alluring Soothsayers horn riffs, it’s a compellingly beautiful and bittersweet song.

The remix, by hip Argentinian producer and DJ Lagartijeando - whose “Caboclo” EP has been causing something of a stir amongst tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music) and Tim Garcia (Jazz FM) – spotlights his unique combination of percussive samba beats and deep, cinematic electronics.


released November 23, 2018


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soothsayers London, UK

Soothsayers have been in their SW2 studio producing their wide reaching sonic reflection of the locality which draws together the local raw materials of 24 carat dub, afro-beat, and deep-funk in compelling style.

Influences are wide ranging and numerous but The Wailers, Fela, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Skatalites, The Specials, Masakela ,Roots Manuva, Massive Attack, King Tubby should not be ignored.
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