South London electronic producer Kerala Dust has teamed up with Brooke Bentham for a beautiful reworking of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’. Bentham was recently named a One To Watch for 2018 by the likes of NME, Huw Stephens and Radio X, as well as being confirmed to tour with the BBC Sound Poll-nominated Sam Fender through February & March. She has today been confirmed to play the BBC Introducing show at The Lexington on March 1st.
Describing the pair’s atmospheric new take on ‘The Chain’, Kerala Dust writes: “Brooke and I sat down in my old basement bedroom-studio in New Cross late last autumn to spontaneously work on some music together. We bonded over our love for 70s rock and blues, and felt that it could be interesting to re-work one of our favourites from that period. ‘The Chain’ seemed an obvious choice, and our aim was to create something that seemed like a dystopian mirror’s image of the original; an ethereal snapshot of the past through the lens of today’s fragmented, distended realities. The song was finished in less than two days, and we’re rather proud of the result.”
Brooke, meanwhile, comments: “Ed & I were at university when he asked me if I wanted to collaborate on a Fleetwood Mac track. So I took to his basement studio and we recorded vocals for ‘The Chain’. He asked me to do a few different styles, which is why I sound like I’m almost whispering for a lot of the song. I really love Ed’s work and so it was a pleasure to be able to sing with him.”
Aged just twenty-one and currently working on new solo material, Brooke Bentham’s music nonetheless carries the weight of someone who’s lived a hundred lives already. She was born and raised – in large, part, fending for herself with three older brothers – in Southshields (just outside Newcastle), before relocating to New Cross to study at Goldsmith’s. Here she at last felt part of a wider arts community, forming her live band and finding a mutual sense of camaraderie among a new generation of South London creatives. Brooke graduated only last summer, with just two EPs – ‘The Room Swayed’, ‘This Rapture’– produced by Ben Baptie (Daughter, Adele, Lapsley) and drawing early comparisons with the likes of Ryan Adams or the emotional vocal depths of Sharon Van Etten. For Brooke Bentham, everything is shot through with emotive, remarkably open lyricism, suggesting a maturity and life ethic that’s wiser than many of her peers.
Kerala Dust, meanwhile, is a project lead by Edmund Kenny, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, born and raised in London, who quickly gained attention worldwide following his first two successful EP releases ‘Motions’ and ‘Late Sun’ leading him to play first solid tours in Europe, USA & Mexico. Performing live alongside his two close friends Harvey & Lloyd, the South London trio seeks to bridge that divide between the sleepless sounds of modern capitals and the timeless landscapes of Americana. Drawing on influences as disparate as Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Chet Baker and Âme, this live act writes love songs for those times when you’re not quite sure whether you’d like to be in love more than you really are. He will tour from February to June with shows in Moscow, Berlin, Paris, Bern, Zurich, Cesme, Istanbul, Malaga & a tour in USA to be announced.
Brooke Bentham dates
23 Feb Jimmy’s (supporting Sam Fender), Manchester
24 Feb The Bodega (supporting Sam Fender), Nottingham
25 Feb The Attic Bar (supporting Sam Fender), Glasgow
27 Feb The Big Top (supporting Sam Fender), Cardiff
1 March Lexington, London (BBC Introducing presents…)
2 March The Old Bakery (supporting Sam Fender), Truro
3 March The Cavern (supporting Sam Fender), Exeter
5 March Sunflower Lounge (supporting Sam Fender), Birmingham
6 March The Louisiana (supporting Sam Fender), Bristol
8 March Oporto, Leeds (International Women’s Day event)
4 May Stereo, Glasgow
6 May, Sound City, Liverpool
9 May The Cuban Embassy, Birmingham
11 May Eagle Inn, Manchester