EP: 7 Eleven
Release Date: 22nd September 2014
Label: Nipple Clips
THE MULTI-TALENTED CALIFORNIAN MUSICIAN AND PRODUCER DROPS 2nd VIDEO FROM HIS UPCOMING EP, OUT 22nd SEPTEMBER ON BERLIN BLUEPRINT NIPPLE CLIPS
You can watch ‘Middle Class Daydream’ here:
New Band of the Day – The Guardian
‘Sings like a nightingale and knows how to pick his collaborators’ – Noisey
‘Partly hip hop, partly electronic, partly pop, Bo Keeney’s output has a surreal edge which gets under your skin’ – Clash
‘7 Eleven’ is the upcoming EP from Californian musician and producer Bo Keeney, set for release on 22nd September via underground Berlin blueprint Nipple Clips. The three tracks, recorded in a Hackney basement shared with longtime friends and collaborators Flyte and Bombs, explore ideas of excessive consumption and waste, centered on his upbringing in San Diego. Additional production on the EP comes from fellow electronic artist Ben Devries and Jake Williams of Flies + Flies, and each track has been given its own deluxe visual and video treatment. The videos will drop each week in the run up to the release and have been produced by Navarro Aydemir, Matthew Cooke, John Hodgson and BAFTA new talent award winning director Graham Hughes. Each track also comes with its own unique artwork.
‘Middle Class Daydream is Directed’ by Navarro Aydemir . The plot centres around a man following a woman down the street at night, and ties in heavily with the lyrics. The good-natured man becomes gradually more sinister in defense of the woman he’s following…” Bo Keeney
Named after a Nike ad featuring Bo Diddley, and born in Los Angeles, with a talent nurtured by his family’s love of music, Keeney began playing drums in early childhood. Soon after the family had upped sticks and moved to Winchester in his pre-teens, he attained self-taught proficiency on a number of instruments, eventually developing a production style through crude recording software. His early breakthrough came through winning a BASCA songwriting competition at 16, having sent them an album’s worth of material. Signing a 360 deal with Universal at 18, he built his studio in a shipping container on an industrial estate, experimenting on his own, and honing his production skills with Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Sia, Paolo Nutini.)
Both Bo’s debut EP ‘Don’t You Worry’ and follow up ‘Versus’ were released by Universal under the guise of independent label Stranger Records and his own temporary label Brew Box. The former showcased Bo’s unusual hybrid of sounds, with energetic drum n bass rhythms and new age funk providing a backdrop for his smooth vocals, and came with remixes from Breton and Magnetic Man collaborator Sam Frank. ‘Versus’ was released last year and saw Bo teaming up with more handpicked UK producers – this time Throwing Snow, Spectrasoul, Bobby Tank and Black Butter upstarts My Nu Leng.
‘7 Eleven’ marks his departure from Universal after 4 years with the label, citing an overall disconnection between himself and the people he initially signed to. The release coincides with a move to Berlin for a creative season, consolidating and assembling new and unreleased material for his subsequent releases this year.
Middle Class Daydream
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