Brixton based singer-songwriter Josh Record is going places.
A similar sense of inclusiveness informs Josh’s approach to his own music. He could not, he says, imagine playing things safe, or by the usual rules. Life, Josh says, has to be about experiencing things.
The result is ‘The War’ EP, Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record and one of extraordinary beauty, power and depth. Its melodies, vocal harmonies, chord progressions and soundscapes are somehow both ancient and modern, its preoccupations – love, loyalty, mortality, solitude and community – perennial. It was released on August 26th on National Anthem (Chvrches, Haim) and followed the critically acclaimed ‘Bones’ EP.
Armed with new single ‘For Your Love’ (watch the vid below), Josh Record is to play his second Communion headline show at London’s Scala May 29th.
2014 has started at quite a pace for Josh Record with a support slot with London Grammar in January, selling out his biggest headline show to date at Wiltons in February and a tour with Sam Smith.
A travelling troubadour who, in the past few years, has driven to Turkey and to Norway; made a 9,000-mile trip across America from New York to Alaska in a converted school bus; worked with (and had his life changed by) local people in the slums of Nairobi and run a recording studio and mentored a group of teenagers on south London estates, in an area that for five years he called home.
He’s a great example of music’s unifying potential. “We started putting gigs on in the house. We'd invite these musicians to come along, cook a meal and play, and we'd have about 40, 50 guests, people would be sitting on the stairs. It was a strange old house, right in the middle of this estate, and we were constantly being told it was about to be knocked down. We found guns there, a samurai sword...and we had a homeless man living in the boiler shed outside.”
Josh Record will be performing at Dot to Dot Festival 2014