“virtuoso…. will revive classicists and weary clubbers alike” (Mojo)
“laid-back, sexy…. sweetly satisfying” (Echoes)
“lush, laid back psychedelic soul combo… I loved it” (Hifi)
Retrospective For Love is a satisfying new sound for a fresh generation of soul lovers. Hailing from the sun-drenched Mediterranean island of Sicily, vocalist, MC and producer Davide Shorty had a vision to bring back the love and has gathered a tight knit family of similarly soul-centric musicians from his homeland, plus UK-based additions including Parisian co-vocalist Leslie Phillips. With Retrospective For Love, a special force in music was born.
Debut long player ‘Random Activities of a Heart’, released 10th March 2017 on Wormfood Records, weaves together undeniable, infectious melodies stretching across the stratosphere of Hip-Hop, Soul, and Jazz, whilst adding a little 21st century electronic mastery into the mix.
Akin to the sound D’Angelo might make tripping out on the heavy grooves of The Roots whilst intoxicated by Robert Glasper’s experimental spirit, Retrospective For Love take the energy of their influences and move it in new directions. Seemingly innocuous lyrics mask tales of love’s most elating and harrowing extremes, capturing the good times, the bad times and all the confusion in between.
Now based in North West London, Retrospective For Love have coined a unique and impressive sound, carefully crafted through the expertise of each individual musician.
Album opener, ‘The Picture You Show Me’ (produced by Nebbïa), sets the tone, bringing a laid back, comfortable cool to proceedings, with tracks such as ‘Water N Dust’ (feat. Otty) and ‘Wanna Get to Know Ya’ (feat. Phat Kat) blending a cool mix of mellow grooves which simmer slowly and burst with flavour.
New single, ‘Let Me Know’ (feat. Yazmyn Hendrix), is a carefully crafted groove with lyrics loaded with romanticism and nostalgia, allowing their sound to dabble in delirious de-ja-vu bringing you back to the first time you ever felt heartache.
“Retrospective For Love is a call for help heard through a vinyl record, because we all need some love in our lives sometimes. The kind of love that brings you back, it's pure and naive, so once again you walk bare feet and dance in the rain. It feels easy, reassuring and it seems to have no limits. Only the right people with the same passion for self-discovery can really make something magical like that happen. So we started working on our own recipe, hand picking what inspires us from Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, Electronic and Dub”,
Played out as a symbiotic creative collective of enlightened minds, the tone throughout ‘Random Activities of a Heart’ is always optimistic – forever wedded to pure aural bliss and classic entertainment.
“Music makes us one with everything, it makes our bodies tremble, our voice quiver and it smoothes out our creased faces into a peaceful and placid portrait. You should try it. There is plenty for everybody. Our flavoured blend is especially recommended for those people whose heart is skipping right up before breaking and it comes with a live band that transcends the mirage of the music production.”
Hailed from the sun-drenched Mediterranean island of Sicily, vocalist, MC and producer Davide Shorty gathered a tight knit
family of similarly soul-centric musicians from his homeland, along with superbly poised Parisian co-vocalist Leslie Phillips, they formed Retrospective For Love....more