NEIL DAVIDGE (famed Massive Attack Producer and Halo 4 OST Composer) ANNOUNCES DETAILS ON NEW SOLO ALBUM
CLASH MUSIC PREMIERES NEW TRACK & VIDEO TRAILER FOR ‘SLO LIGHT’
‘Slo Light’ Out February 25th 2014 via The End Records / 7Hz Productions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (December 3, 2013) – 7Hz Productions & The End Records proudly present ‘Slo Light’, the stunning debut album by Davidge, AKA award-winning producer/musician Neil Davidge, renowned previously for his production, co-writing and sonic-sculpting of music for Massive Attack, David Bowie, Snoop Dog, Damon Albarn, Primal Scream, Elizabeth Fraser and Mos Def, plus the hugely successful Halo 4 game score and soundtrack.
An album deeply-schooled in Bristol beats, electronica, soundtracks, orchestral music and more, ‘Slo Light’ creates a fantasy world in which tension, darkness and beauty find the perfect equilibrium. The album is sky-high on production value, with an unparalleled clarity and sonic depth typical of Davidge’s unique sound.
Launching the album’s epic journey is title-track ‘Slo Light’, which features vocals from the Davidge-discovered New York singer Stephonik Youth, and clearly demonstrates Neil’s stamp on latter Massive Attack albums. The video trailer was directed and shot by Gustavo Andrade for China Dolls Films and was co-directed and starred-in by singer and collaborator, Stephonik Youth (whose band Living Days are signed to Dave Sitek’s label Federal Prism).
Bonus track ‘Discovering The Universe’ is an adaptation of ‘That Fever’, taken from the ‘Slo Light’ album, that was specially arranged and reworked as the 10 minute pre-show piece for the new American Natural History Museum show ‘Dark Universe’, which just launched in New York and will run for the next three years.
The album was written by Davidge with contributions from his studio right-hand-man Andrew Morgan, in collaboration with the guest vocalists. The pair played most of the instrumental parts themselves, with strings from The Bristol Ensemble.
Designed by Stephen Kitchen, the ‘Slo Light’ album inner sleeves features geometric shapes that are individual aesthetic interpretations of each track, and the cover art is a phosphorescent design of a similar nature. The album will be released in the following formats:
- 11 track Digipak
- Itunes exclusive version
- Double coloured heavyweight 12” vinyl with exclusive tracks, special bundle DJ slip mat and poster and further exclusive remixes from Rob Smith (Smith & Mighty), US based Quadrant, Kid Hops and Iris and German-based Michael Mortlock
Following years of industry respect and renown, ‘Slo Light’ is primed to be the record that brings Davidge to the ears and minds of many discerning music lovers, as a figure of talent and vision, who’ll appeal to fans of sound-exploring producer/artists like Brian Eno, Trent Reznor, Moby and William Orbit.
SLO LIGHT TRACKLISTING
1. Slo Light featuring Stephonik Youth
2. Gallant Foxes featuring Cate Le Bon
3. How Was Your Day featuring Karima Francis
4. Home From Home featuring Low Roar
5. They Won’t Know featuring Stephonik Youth
6. That Fever featuring Claire Tchaikowski
7. Riot Pictures featuring Sandie Shaw
8. Zero One Zero featuring Stephonik Youth
9. Sleepwalking featuring Emi Green
10. Anyone Laughing featuring Claire Tchaikowski
11. Discovering The Universe That Fever ANHM version (bonus track)
12. Hummingbird featuring Patrick Duff (iTunes exclusive bonus track)
13. Sensor featuring Jhelisa Anderson (Digipak bonus track)
14. Forty Days In The Wilderness featuring Patrick Duff (12″ Vinyl bonus track)
15. Slo Light Davidge vs Rob Smith’s Lovas Remix (12″ Vinyl bonus track
16. Sensor Davidge vs Quadrant, Kid Hops & Iris Remix (12″ Vinyl bonus track)
17. Sleepwalking Davidge vs Michael Mortlock Remix (12″ Vinyl bonus track)
18. Hummingbird Instrumental (12″ Vinyl bonus track)
Neil Davidge is a record producer, songwriter, film score composer, musician and backing vocalist. In 1996, Davidge co-produced Massive Attack’s ‘The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game’, a song for the ‘Batman Forever’ soundtrack. Working in close collaboration with Massive’s Robert Del Naja (3D), Davidge was then invited to co-produce and shape the sound of the band’s third album, 1998’s Q Award-winning ‘Mezzanine’, which included the huge hit ‘Teardrop’.
Massive Attack’s fourth album ‘100th Window’ featuring vocals from Sinead O’Connor was also piloted by Davidge and Del Naja.
‘Heligoland’ – the fifth studio album by Massive Attack, was co-produced and co-written by Davidge and Del Naja, with additional production by Tim Goldsworthy. Davidge co-wrote 8 tracks (and produced/mixed the airplay hit ‘Paradise Circus’) as well as playing keyboards, bass and guitar.
In 2004 he took the lead as score composer with Del Naja on the Luc Besson movie ‘Danny the Dog’, later renamed ‘Unleashed’ in the USA. This was followed by Davidge’s solo scores for ‘Bullet Boy’, ‘Battle In Seattle’, the Paul McGuigan-directed ‘Push’, plus ‘Trouble the Water’, which received an Oscar nomination for its score and won ‘Best Documentary’ at the ‘08 Sundance Film Festival. Working with Snoop Dogg on the end title track, Neil scored the music for ‘In Prison My Whole Life’. He also provided additional music to the Warner Brothers blockbuster ‘Clash of the Titans’.
2012 saw the release of the Halo 4 OST, which Davidge composed, arranged and produced. Davidge’s critically-acclaimed soundtrack went on to set the official record as the highest-charting video game soundtrack ever, having reached #50 in the Billboard Chart, #10 in the Independent Album Billboard chart and #3 the National Soundtrack Chart.