Beauty & The Bloc

A 1 track beats & breaks single (4m 7s) — released April 1st 2022 on First Word Records

First Word Records is very pleased to bring you more new music from Werkha!

This is another taste of sounds from his forthcoming sophomore album 'All Werk Is Play', following on from singles, 'Eterno Retorno','In Saint-Gilles', 'Move Different' and 'Battered Mars Bar', which respectively received spins from BBC 6Music's Jamz Supernova, Tom Ravenscroft, Huey Morgan and Afrodeutsche, as well as love from selectors such as DJ Paulette, Scratcha DVA, Zakia Sewell (NTS) & Jyoty (Rinse).

In 2020, Werkha released 'The Rigour' on First Word, and dropped 'Beat Tapestry' in late 2021 on a limited cassette. 'All Werk Is Play' marks Werkha's first full-length solo project since his debut album 'Colours Of A Red Brick Raft' on Tru Thoughts in 2015.

'Beauty & The Bloc' is another uptempo composition from Werkha (real name Tom Leah), fusing analogue jazz-funk vibes with modern dance music sensibilities. Horns from Aaron Wood lead the way on top of a 5/4 rhythm track, with Werkha's signature squelchy saw synths, subtly turning the smooth to rough for another triumphant heads-down groove, which has been doing the business live on dancefloors from Low Four in Manchester to The Jazz Cafe in London.

Werkha says "this track is about using dance as a play against authority - the state, the police, the political Blocs. A nod to the art of raving as a political demonstration. Incidentally, this is probably my favourite tune to play live right now."

Werkha hails from Manchester and has been releasing music for a decade, collaborating and remixing artists such as Quantic, Bryony Jarman-Pinto, Marcos Valles and Andrew Ashong, and touring with Bonobo, Chet Faker and Mr Scruff.

This single is released April 1st 2022 on all digital platforms via First Word.

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