Here is a not-too-brief summary of my relationship with Adam Scrimshire so far:
‘What? he DJs? I thought he was just Dom’s friend’
‘What? he plays guitar for Stac? I thought he was just a DJ?’
‘What? He has an album out? I thought just plays guitar for other people?!’
‘WHAT? THIS IS HIS SECOND ALBUM?’
Either I’m a terrible friend or Adam’s nickname is Dark Horse.
Label boss, singer songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Scrimshire’s second album (that I know about) is The Hollow, a forty five minute journey through some of the finest chillout/jazz lounge you’re likely to hear this year. Scrimshire’s talents and effort are evident from the off; the production is on another level (the horns on ska-influenced Everything You Say featuring the brilliant vocals that is Heidi Vogel are scrumptious). It’s a balanced concoction of instrumentals and light electronica, like someone snuck in some warm synth into one of Fink’s first two albums and everyone said how ‘they didn’t understand why, but the music was so much better, now.’ It reminds me of all those Cafe de Paris albums I used to buy in the early 21st Century, without any of the flabby cheesy filler, which to be honest was 90% of the songs on them CDs anyway. IN FACT, imagine a Cafe de Paris Best Of, except it was produced by one dude, and it wasn’t Nitin Sawhney who done it. There you go.
My favourite track, by far: Afar