Further Away feat Tawiah
A thoroughly modern ballad from this producer-vocalist dream team of Maddslinky (aka Zed Bias) and Tawiah, “Further Away” is one of the standout tracks off Maddslinky’s hugely acclaimed ‘Make A Change’ album
In perfect synthesis with Maddslinky’s swirling, spacious and deeply atmospheric dub-flavoured beats, new Warners signing Tawiah’s unique vocals marry her contemporary and down-to-earth, homegrown style with a genuinely affecting sense of heightening emotional drama, giving “Further Away” an arrestingly immediate yet lasting appeal. The song was voted No. 3 Track of the Year in Gilles Peterson’s 2010 Worldwide Awards earlier this year, despite not having been released as a single or even as part of the album promo yet – it was purely based on his heavy support of an upfront mp3, which went down an absolute storm with his Radio 1 listeners. And with regular heavy specialist radio support around the world, this eagerly-awaited single release is sure to cement it in the playlists.
The single release of “Further Away” includes a dazzling array of remixes from the hottest underground talent around, including Falty DL (Planet Mu, Ramp Records), Illum Sphere (3024, Hoya Hoya, Fat City), fellow Tru Thoughts bass monster, Hint; Funk Butcher, El B, Dawn Raid, Dubchild and more.
Testament to his status within the scene, Maddslinky has just taken part in BBC Radio 1/1Xtra’s Dubstep Soundclash night, as a pundit alongside Mista Jam, commenting on the live DJ battles and audience responses.
“Further Away” and other tracks from ‘Make A Change’ have had immense radio support from DJs including Benji B (BBC Radio 1), Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1), MistaJam (1Xtra), Ras Kwame (Radio 1/1Xtra), Alex Nut (Rinse FM), Seb Chew (Rinse FM) and Ross Allen (Ministry). The album is springing up in 2010 ‘Best Of’ lists all over the place, including Clash and DJ Mag, and the MJ Cole Back To The Future Remix of first single, “Special” feat. Omar, is currently up for a DJ Mag Best Of British Award. The album track, “50 Shades Of Peng” featuring Skream came out on an exclusive fluoro yellow Serato vinyl back in September, which is still flying off the shelves at a speedy rate.
Always moving with (or more often ahead of) the times, breaking boundaries and filling dancefloors, the man behind the Maddslinky’s moniker’s other successful aliases also include Zed Bias, whose productions have had support from BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Pete Tong. He hit the UK Top 25 in 2000 with the single “Neighbourhood”, now widely regarded as one of the all time classic UK garage tracks, which was re-released last year with a Roska remix, redefining its importance to a new generation of clubbers.