Shivum Sharma – Only You (prod. Kwes)

07.02.14

Shivum Sharma's demos for Untouched and Flicker introduced a startingly raw talent from London. The thing with demos is that they can carry a real cracked magic that can get totally buried when bolstered by studio time, so Shivum's a very sensible chap for inviting Kwes in to bulk these tracks up: what shined through on Kwes' dense Warp debut late last year is that he may well prove to be a star producer in the years to come.

The plaintive piano on Sharman's earlier track Flicker was bolstered by some pretty sumptuous jazz clarinet, before spiralling into abstract swirls à la cablecar, and Kwes' touch is even more apparent on Only You: a summoning bassline (most likely Kwes' own handiwork) drives along the aquatic groove, and like a burgeoning campfire the whole thing only gets warmer and brighter as it marches along. 

National Anthem will release the 'Flicker' EP on March 3rd 2014.