Producer and artist Sam Redmore is shaping a career as one of the UK’s most exciting new talents.
His path has seen him evolve from club DJ and promoter, to remixer responsible for a host of killer edits, to lighting up airwaves and stages from London to LA with his original productions.
His knowledge of global, eclectic sounds – shaped when following the movements of the likes of Gilles Peterson, Quantic, Louie Vega and Mr Scruff – set up his 2022 debut album Universal Vibrations
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, Quantic, 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 latin dance floor tune.
Nagu has since gone on to be a mainstay of daytime BBC 6 Music, getting played almost every week since release. Radio stations 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 station FIP have been consistently supporting On The One amongst Sam’s other single
releases. When the album finally dropped in September 22 it was immediately given the prestigious 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 still a massive source of creativity 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 inspiration from anything I like the sound of and try to put it all together in a way that makes sense”. Check his current appetite for disco, afrobeat, broken beat and Latin styles such as cumbia and samba. What works on the dance floor then filters down into Sam’s productions and remixes.
Not many artists stage their debut live performance on the Saturday main stage of a major festival but that’s exactly what the promoters of Birmingham’s Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival were confident enough to book in 2021.
Whether leading a 12-piece live ensemble or DJing from festivals to basement jams, Sam remains at heart a crowd rocker. 2022 saw Sam’s live bookings explode with Boomtown, Wilderness, Green Man and Kendal
Calling amongst the major UK festivals booking his live act before his album has even been released.
The album Universal Vibrations dropped on September 9th 2022 and is being followed by a UK and European tour in 2023