Me and My Friends play soulful, poignant and gloriously danceable music, subtly referencing many styles, including vintage Ghanaian highlife, Jamaican roots and Afro-Brazilian folk. The UK-based quintet create a timeless sound with a global outlook, performed with an infectious energy, and the result is instantly recognisable, highly original and truly genre-defying.
The elegant voice and West African finger-picking guitar style of songwriter Nick Rasle is cradled by stunning vocal harmonies and the evocative combination of cello and clarinet, all underpinned by a rhythm section with a deeply infectious groove. This is sun-drenched, euphoric music for both brain and booty.
Me and My Friends released their critically acclaimed second album Hide Your Way on Soundway Records in 2016. Featured on BBC Radio 2, 4 and 6 in the UK, as well as FiP and Radio Nova in France, the album headed up Quantic’s ‘favourites of the year’ mix.
Their whirlwind live show has been a headlining favourite of venues and festivals across Europe over the past 12 months, gaining an army of discerning fans at home and abroad. Their highly anticipated 3rd album is set for release in Autumn 2018.
"Unusual instrumental forces create a sublime fusion that combines pastoral dreaminess with the heat of reggae, highlife and Afrobeat sounds” - Songlines Magazine.
“This was an amazing live show!” Will Holland (Quantic).
“A life-affirming sound”, Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4.
“I’m loving this!” Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6
“They’ve got joy written through them, like a stick of Blackpool rock!” Alex Lester, BBC Radio 2.
Kashu bring sumptuous harmonies and grooving beats together in a distinct and beguiling way. After many years of solo tinkering, songwriter Olivia Bhattacharjee's music comes alive as a four-piece made up of Fred Harper on drums and percussion, Jess Mollie on vibraphone, Ali Phelps on Double Bass & Olivia on vocals and guitar.
Throughout their powerful live show you'll hear gospel, blues, jazz, soul and folk; it's a musical melting pot. Challenging yet catchy, their sound will lull and surprise - full of dynamism Kashu is an exploration of musical collaboration sure to get you grooving.