Somewhere in a small corner of north-east London there is a small label introducing the world to big acts. In recent months Duly Noted Records have pushed the likes of blog favourites IYES and The Night VI as well as giving Black Honey and Paperwhite a nudge through the door marked ‘next buzz band’ to the waiting arms of many a blog and hype machine chart. Another act to benefit from the Duly Noted Seal of Approval (which is fast becoming a kitemark for quality) is south-east London based, Osca.
In recent months the band has burned up the blogosphere, received critical acclaim from Zane Lowe and run roughshod over Hype Machine with their two debut tracks, “Illume” and “Blood”. It is the latter which we are sharing with you today, albeit a variant version courtesy of enigmatic London based producer-artist Jonah Lisa (who until recently had three tracks up on sound cloud and YouTube but sadly, they have since been taken down).
According to frontman Jack Kenworthy, the original version of “Blood” (which you can also stream below, along with “Illume” because we’re nice like that) was about being stuck in limbo; about holding on in the hope rather than certainty that reassurance will come. It was a gradually building piano based ballad, heartfelt and emotive. With this remix, Jonah Lisa has contrived to add further layers of melancholy, to craft around it a wide glacial space dappled with the delicate snowfall of synths and electronic ambiance. It’s an exquisite re-working of a fantastic tune that further emphasises that feeling of uncertainty and forlorn hope. It swirls beautifully with the wind, blowing melodiously and gently in your face, carefully caressing those winter tears from your eyes.