‘Orphans’ is a track for the post-truth, extremely online age. The deft lyrics expose the false promise of the streaming economy, and the exploitation of art for commercial profit. This is a track that diagnoses the alienation of a generation who live their lives under opt-in surveillance – a state-of-the-nation address from three of Scotland’s most fiercely independent artists.
The original mix, written and arranged by Becci Wallace with additional production from Audrey Tait (Franz Ferdinand) & Lauren Gilmour at Novasound Studio unfurls in a gathering storm of soft guitars and dusted beats, anchored by Becci’s soaring voice and bittersweet hooks. The track has a layered added nuance from the trombone of Edinburgh Jazz head Chris Greive. Chris is known for features, performances and production alongside a host of growing names like Joseph Malik, Rebecca Vasmant and The Scottish Jazz Orchestra.
The remix by Scott Bathgate offers a more jazzy, traditional hip-hop framework for the complex, densely-layered lyrical exchanges of Texture and Conscious Route. Each mix offers a different side of a track that twins raw poetics with incisive social commentary.
Conscious Route is a rapper, MC, poet and singer-songwriter who was born in London before moving to Edinburgh over a decade ago. In 2020, he unleashed the collaborative ‘Lost Routes’ album, alongside producer True Note, which went on to receive a 4-star review in The Scotsman upon its release. In addition to this, two of his more recent releases, ‘Trojan’ and his feature on ‘Dragons Jaw’ by Post Coal Prom Queen, were named track of the week on BBC Introducing Scotland.
The Sensory EP, a collaboration with producer Toni Smoke, also saw 2 tracks receive worldwide airplay on Rapstation 365 radio station, played by UK’s DJ Shorty on London Chip Shop show, then re-spun by the legendary Chuck D in the USA. His Lost Routes Flip tape was supported by Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music ‘Fresh On The Net BBC Introducing’ mixtape show and he has again seen his music named among the Herald’s top 100 Scottish tunes of the year.
He also recently released the Pyramid EP with shortlisted Scottish Artist of the Year, Scott Bathgate. Conscious Route’s release reached the international stage once again with airplay in USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe. BBC Introducing Scotland, presenters Phoebe I-H and Shreen Cutkelvin supported it on their show and calling it, “the ultimate collaboration.”
Texture is a rapper and performer from the darkest timeline who weaves complex tapestries of myth, memes and dystopia with prescient, multi-layered rhymes. A member of Chemical Poets and Black Lantern Clan, his last release was the acclaimed album ‘ILLVMINATE’ with Asthmatic Astronaut, released via This Is Not Pop. In 2022 he will bring his new stage show ‘Come Back As Fire’ to Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival.
Singer-songwriter and producer Becci Wallace is firmly placed at the heart of Scotland’s songwriting community. Her 2015 debut album, ‘Fragmentality,’ was SAY longlisted, securing national and local radio play. Her current project, ‘Present Tense,’ was released in November 2020 to critical acclaim, featured as BBC Roddy Hart’s ‘Record of Note’ and gained airplay across national radio in Scotland and local radio across the UK and Europe. Becci is an activist for women in the music industry and her most recent release outlines the struggles, both personally and as part of the wider industry in Scotland, for parents trying to remain relevant. Becci is known for her unique vocals, tight harmonies and thought-provoking lyrics.
She writes across genres, co-writing and performing on the Pearlfishers Love and Other Hopeless Things, Catherine Rudie’s The Mobius Kiss and Loki’s Government Issue Music Protest. She has co-written and worked alongside David Scott, Jo Mango, Jo Bennet, Findlay Napier, David Sinclair, Andy White, Rosie Bans, Little Rach and Catherine Rudie as well as at the Harris Institute in Toronto and Columbia University in Chicago.
Most recently, Becci has written for Karine Polwart’s Enough is Enough, COP26 project, with hip-hop collective This is It. Played across national radio and the video streamed Globally during the COP26 summit, Becci worked with the COP26 Climate justice cabaret, sharing a stage with Greta Thunberg, Jeremy Corbyn and activists from across the globe to share the message through creativity.
SOURCE: Official Bio
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