A long time ago my uncle was giving me shit for listening to artists that had an electronic edge to them, that I needed to spend more time with real instruments. This was a person whose musical taste guided me growing up, and it always kind of stuck with me that somehow electronic music was “easier” than the alternative. While obviously I learned that is not the case, the conversation immediately came to mind as I heard this song from London-based producer and musician Cosmo Sheldrake.
Aside from having an infinitely badass name (it just has to be his real name, right?), he’s a multi-talented instrumentalist who played jazz and classical piano since the age of 4 and regularly performs with a host of other instruments. Just see the image above. Armed with those tools and very basic looping equipment he crafts organic, soulful beats that sound almost natural. Could this music have been created without any electronic assistance? Maybe. Would it have been inspired without it? Probably not.
Check out a live video of this incredibly talented musician below. Just.. wow. That’s an unacceptable way to close a blog post but what else can you say?