MJ Cole has been taking his sound in some interesting directions lately. Having previously linked up with the likes of Mary J Blige and AJ Tracey the veteran garage producer has now joined forces with Kojey Radical for a hazy new cut ‘Soak It Up.’ An instantly attention-grabbing collaboration between the two artists, jazz chords and dreamy drawn-out synth lines float feather-light over a subtle two-step rhythm. Meanwhile, Kojey brings his trademarked mix of spoken word and rap to the track, detailing a relationship in trouble and the turmoil to try and keep it alive.
Before the track dropped this morning, MJ Cole made the decision to share each part of the instrumental online with fans, encouraging them to make their own remixes and edits of the track before they’d heard the completed thing. Speaking about ‘Soak It Up’ the producer said “Emerging first as an instrumental, Soak It Up grew surprisingly quickly. Improvising at the piano always leads somewhere fruitful for me. The original piano recording was noisy, but in a good way with the sound of the piano hammers and fingers on the keys really suggesting a warm, cosy musical situation. The track starts out with a homemade sample and opens out into vocals from Kojey Radical which describe an ongoing relationship in turmoil. There’s love in the song but also recognition of the gripes and annoyances on each side. It was a real vibe putting it together.”
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