The first track in this month’s Soul-Identity radio broadcast was a lovely spacious instrumental from new London trio RMD Groove. Entitled ‘One Day (You Will Prosper)’, the tune not only formed a cheeky opening jump off for our debut on MEATtransMISSION, but it also features on a fresh new five track EP of quality sounds from the group, which popped up on the radar earlier this year. Musically rich with just enough of a hip-hop sensibility to peek our interest in the first place, continued play has revealed that the EP more than holds its own against the output of the current crop of up and coming jazz musicians turned beat makers. In addition to ‘One Day’, the title track ‘Silver Cloud Scape’ bubbles with a recurring piano motif and additional rhymes and vocals from Simon Sterling and Audra Nishita respectively, while ‘80’s’ is a funky synth led jam that very much evokes the sounds of the era it’s named after.
RMD Groove itself is made up bass guitarist Roy Stewart, drummer David Collinder and pianist Simon Mitchell, and an ever rotating ensemble of guest musicians, vocalists and rappers. Stewart and Collinder initially met while playing on the London live circuit, but it wasn’t until they both went to the same band audition in Brixton that the pair decided to write some material together. Having settled on a direction, they brought Mitchell in to play keys and the beginnings of an album were laid down in a rehearsal room in Deptford. With the EP now out and available to purchase through Bandcamp, the guys are currently back in the studio laying down the finishing touches to that full album, due to be released in early 2014. So if the below preview sounds up your street, hit the band up on Facebook and join us in looking forward to a full release soon.