Producer and ar8st Sam Redmore is shaping a career as one of the UK’s most exci8ng new talents. His path has seen him evolve from club DJ and promoter, to remixer responsible for a host of killer edits, to ligh8ng up airwaves and stages from London to LA with his original produc8ons.
His knowledge of global, eclec8c sounds – shaped when following the movements of the likes of Gilles Peterson, Quan8c, Louie Vega and Mr Scruff – set up his 2022 debut album Universal Vibra-ons as a feast for those who want to dance to a different beat.
Redmore may be the new boy on the Jalapeno Records block, but with credit from Craig Charles, Quan8c, Nightmares on Wax and Danny Krivit already in the bank he is perfectly placed to uphold the label’s ethos. His succinct summary that the album represents “music for dancefloors inspired by music from all over”, means no reveller is going home disappointed.
Success has been almost instantaneous – Nagu, an instrumental track from his debut 7” release, was played on BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio 2, Jazz FM and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM on the same weekend! A supremely rare cross cultural appeal and unheard of for an instrumental la8n dancefloor tune. Nagu has since gone on to be a mainstay of day8me BBC 6 Music, ge^ng played almost every week since release.
Radio sta8ons around the world are following suit with LA tastemaker KCRW one of the first to get on board and hammering Tears, Sam’s cumbia cover of the Giorgio Moroder classic, whilst French tastemaker sta8on FIP have been consistently suppor8ng On The One amongst Sam’s other single releases. When the album finally dropped in September 22 it was immediately given the pres8gious Album of the Week accolade at Jazz FM rounding off an extremely successful campaign.
Sam came up on the scene in the UK Midlands and the cultural mix of the area is s8ll a massive source of crea8vity for him. The album showcases Birmingham’s best new vocal talent, with guests Lumi HD, SANITY and Mr Auden Allen all featuring.
So which genre does Sam Redmore occupy? “It’s difficult to say really – I just take inspira8on from anything I like the sound of and try to put it all together in a way that makes sense”. Check his current appe8te for disco, afrobeat, broken beat and La8n styles such as cumbia and samba. What works on the dancefloor then filters down into Sam’s produc8ons and remixes.
Not many ar8sts stage their debut live performance on the Saturday main stage of a major fes8val but that’s exactly what the promoters of Birmingham’s Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Fes8val were confident enough to book in 2021. Whether leading a 12-piece live ensemble or DJing from fes8vals to basement jams, Sam remains at heart a crowd rocker.
2022 has seen Sam’s live bookings explode with Boomtown, Wilderness, Green Man and Kendal Calling amongst the major UK fes8vals booking his live act before his album has even been released. The album Universal Vibra-ons dropped on September 9th and is being followed by a UK and European tour in 2023.