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Digging Deep: K15

Digging Deep: K15
Jack Smith

K15‘s stock has been rising faster than most of recent times: a couple of stellar releases via Kyle Hall‘s Wild Oats and newly-founded No Room For Air imprints – the former, Insecurities, married sultry and danceable with an infectious vivacity (it’s no wonder physical copies were snapped up quickly first time round – if you missed out make sure you cop. this. repress. quick.) The latter saw his beautiful rework of Zhane’s ‘Crush’ make it to wax finally after a good few years since its release as a free download.

As we take baby steps towards what we hope is a long and sun-kissed summer, K15’s live schedule begins to come to the fore with dates in Paris and Croatia’s Dimensions looming in the distance. The biggest date for the London-based producer on these shores is undoubtably Bristol’s Love Saves the Daya weekend’s worth of top-drawer talent and pure vibes guaranteed that sees his signature soulful bounce rub shoulders with contemporaries such as Craig Richards, Dark Sky, Woz and George Fitzgerald amongst a plethora of others. With the sunshine in mind we are very proud to present K15’s Digging Deep: an eclectic selection featuring a handful of jazz and soul legends including Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye that goes a long way in showing just where the emotion in his work comes from.


Miles Davis – In A Silent Way / It’s About That Time 

This song is bliss to me. Paul White mentioned it in an interview years ago. I found a copy and have been in love with it since. This track feeds all of my musical addictions AND it has Herbie Hancock on keys.

Marvin Gaye – Poor Abbey Walsh 

The strings on this are beautifully and extremely captivating, then the music changes and Marvin’s vocals just swim in the music but the final section is just as dope, it has real pace but again, Marvin’s vocals sit effortlessly into the music – everything about this amazes me.

Rodney Franklin – Endless Flight

The bass on this are killer. Again, the strings arrangements are heaven but the vocals and keys on this are phenomenal.  Rodney Franklin created something beautiful.

Herbie Hancock – Actual Proof

I love Herbie Hancock’s music. This was when he was deep into his electronic phase. His playing is incredibly rich –  so many colours but Paul Jackson on bass and Bennie Maupin on reeds hold everything down! The whole ‘Thrust’ album is fire but this song is the one.

Larry Heard – Missing You

This song is one of the warmest songs I know. Larry Heard is a wizard but the amount of feeling and character he injects into this track is outstanding. He has a very gentle voice but it carries through everything. The pound of the kick drum and the tone of the chords are divine.

Claude Debussy – Sonata for flute, viola and harp (pastorale: lento, dolce rubato)

This has a very magical feel to it; the interplay of emotions is killer.


K15 plays Love Saves the Day 23rd May 2015. Make sure you grab your tickets before they sell out via Resident Advisor’s LSTD event page.