Downtown Heat is a modern soulful funk track produced by Rob Blake, in collaboration with Benny Brooke on bass guitar (Easy Stride Band), and Lewis Whittington (Rizzle Kicks) on drums.
The breakdown from 1:10 is where the track kicks into another gear as Brighton Sax player Ollie C lets rip with some crazy howling sounds, ushering in a killer buildup. Think Beastie Boys ‘Sabotage’ style 70’s cop show chase scene, but with fresh punchy beats and bass.
This track is a single taken from Blake’s instrumental album ‘ Soul Funk & Electric’, out now.
Rob Blake is a musician, songwriter, and producer from Brighton, UK.
Experimenting with sound, straddling genres, and pushing the boundaries of his creativity, Blake strives to challenge what he has done before.
From collaborating with an Aborigine tribe to record their ancient song for the first time in history (the Whadjuk Nyoongar), to composing the soundtrack for the TPI award-winning Arcadia Spectacular Glastonbury shows (The Spider’s ‘Metamorphosis’, and new touring show ‘Meta:Genesis’ debuting at Wilderness 2019), scoring music for the 2018 Red Bull BC One breakdance championships ’Fire & Water’ video, the 2019 Red Bull Air Race campaign, producing for established Hip Hop artists such as Roots Manuva and Akala, and releasing an experimental, hybrid electronic album on Distinctive Records (As iLL AUDiO), its clear his relentless approach to all things music will not slow any day soon.
‘Downtown Heat’ is a single taken from Blake’s instrumental album, ‘Soul Funk & Electric’. The track is a collaboration with Benny Brooke playing bass (Easy Stride Band) and Lewis Whittington on drums (Rizzle Kicks), with Blake performing guitar and producing the track. Having met in the thriving live scene in Brighton a year ago, the trio now regularly gig around the city putting on street parties that draw hundreds, performing for 3-6 hours at a time, often not stopping until the police shut them down. This track is the first recording they have got down together since doing these jam sessions, with many more on the way.
Listen out for the breakdown that builds from 1:10. Inspired by a combination of Better Call Saul and the Beastie Boys ‘Sabotage’, it would be a perfect fit to a 70s police car chase 🙂