Championed by Four Tet, Gilles Peterson, J. Swinscoe (The Cinematic Orchestra) and Kamasi Washington (whom Sarathy supported on his recent UK tour), Sarathy Korwar released his exceptional debut album "Day To Day" - a triumphant fusion of traditional Siddi folk music from India (combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences) with jazz and electronics - in July 2016. It was a collaborative release by Ninja Tune with The Steve Reid Foundation – a charitable trust established by Brownswood / Gilles Peterson with the dual objective of helping musicians in crisis and also supporting emerging talent. Sarathy is an alumnus of the foundation’s development program, mentored by Four Tet, Emanative, Floating Points, Koreless and Gilles Peterson – all trustees of the foundation.
Now Tenderlonious (22a / Yoruba Records / Sounds Of The Universe), Photay (Astronautico) and Emanative (Brownswood) step up on remix duties for Sarathy Korwar with truly stellar results. The trio of reworks will be released via Ninja Tune x Steve Reid Foundation on 12”/Digital formats on 28th October 2016.
Tenderlonious is in a rich vein of form following killer 12”s for Soul Jazz Records’ Sounds Of The Universe imprint, Osunlade’s Yoruba Records and his own 22a label. He delivers a supremely swung house groove characteristic of Peckham’s dancefloors as much as it is reminiscent of Detroit’s heartbeat. Hailing from Woodstock, Photay has released two mightily impressive, uniquely crafted, charming and musical EPs on Astronautico since 2014. His remix of ‘Bismillah’ is similarly smart, nuanced but also BANGING as wild horns adorn a throwback “Freestyle” dance groove. Rounding off the 12” is Emanative (another supremely gifted British percussionist / drummer and producer) who leads ‘Mawra (Transcendence)’ - featuring the inimitable honking saxophone of Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming / Sons Of Kemet) - into the electronic fringes where Black Jazz meets Black Acre.