These two both have Chase & Status in common; Kove was spotted by them nearly two years ago and they subsequently signed to Chase & Status’ label, MTA Records. 21 year old British soul singer Moko, who is also signed to the same label, found fame after being featured on their track ‘Count on Me’. Kove has since propelled onto the dance scene with a collection of hits and remixes with his first charting single ‘Way We Are’ featuring vocals from Melissa Steel earning #7 on the UK Dance Chart. Now big things are expected of his new track ‘Hurts’ with Moko.
The two artists have split a moodboard between them and given us an insight of five influential icons (Moko), and five things that inspire them (Kove). Take a look, below.
Roads: After a gig, at 4am, I find driving a very relaxing experience. Perhaps it’s the lights, or the repetition of a major motorway that’s meditative. I also always check my mixes in the car. If it sounds good cruising at 70 (never any more!) then its probably a winner.
Nicholas Winding Refn: Like a fair few people I got into Refn’s work through Drive, but after delving deeper into his wor,k he’s become one of my favourite directors. Films like Valhalla Rising, Bronson, and Fear X are brilliant bits pieces of work. From the music to the cinematography, his films are entirely immersive.
LP Artwork: It’s sad that the medium of the vinyl LP is maligned so much now. I grew up listening to my mum’s old 70’s and 80’s albums, and so much of that experience was the brilliance of the art and the depth of the liner notes. I can’t imagine these days anything will come out with rotating scenes within the cover like Led Zeppelin’s ‘III’.
A lot of dreadful telly gets watched in my house. I find I do some of my best work when there’s some dross on in the background, perhaps Stacey Dolley’s latest Pulitzer-winning doc on pissed-up Brits. Its also quite a solitary job, producing, so its nice to have something on in the background as company. Like a dog.
Every time I visit the states, country’s normally the only thing on the radio. Theres something about the simplicity, the subject matter and the air of nostalgia that I find infectious. Or perhaps maybe I was meant to be from Missouri.
Caron Wheeler: Her soulful British take on what was a very American genre changed the game. I grew up watching her and wanting to continue what she did and take it even further.
Sade: I grew up in admiration of her elegance, class and her British slant on jazz music. She made me want to express myself effortlessly through song.
Mel B: Obviously I loved her style, but I remember like it was yesterday reading this article as a pre-teen. She taught me all my do’s and don’ts.
Neneh Cherry: She’s the number one OG inner city mama. I love her musical fearlessness and funky dress sense. She paved the way as a trendsetter for generations to come. Merging two cultures into a ball of fun and refreshing energy.
Bjork: Growing up I used to be shit scared of her. But when I hit my mid-teens she was my be all and end all! Her dreamy aesthetic covers her music, style and general awesomeness. She inspires me to be unapologetic and pushes me to embrace all the nature outside and within me. I can see life vividly when I listen to her songs and that it always the ultimate goal when I’m making music.