Out 24th February, the AA-side “Luciferin”/”Ridgewood” is the first digital single from Kʒːlu – the solo project of musician and composer Patrick Hatchett – ahead of the self-titled album ‘Kʒːlu’ which follows on 26th March on vinyl and digital.
In Hatchett’s words, this solo work “brings together the sonic flavours, human influences and cultural experiences gathered over my many musical years. Reflective tales from late night afrobeat jams to early Sunday Gospel duties. Exhaustive travel and touring with legendary Jamaican artists, to intimate jazz gigs in a cozy South London pub. The exquisite feeling of solitude and reflection in nature against the energy and kinship of a frenetic dance floor with a stacked sound system… A globally inspired search for a connection and commonality; wild nights dancing, the wild characters amongst us, the innate wildness of my surroundings”. The project is phonetically named after the curlew, his favourite bird to be seen around the Cork (Ireland) area where he now lives, having moved from London in recent years.
The album includes collaborations with UK Bengali musician Idris Rahman on flute (Soothsayers, Anoushka Shankar, Wildflower, Zoe Rahman), and Irish musicians Seán Mac Erlaine on Bass Clarinet (Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, The Gloaming, Underground Resistance) and Justin Grounds on Violin (The Vespertine Quintet, Fir Beag).
The slowly building, beautifully explosive “Luciferin” was inspired by “A night swim in Loch Hyne with my young family in search of the ‘sparkles’ (bioluminescence). Wide eyed, cheesy exhilaration, childlike elation. Bit like a rave, part ‘80s soul, part psychedelic wig-out. Part post sea warming glow.”
“Ridgewood”, a rolling, meditative jam, started life as a solo guitar piece. Says Hatchett: “I would play on a shabby old nylon string guitar over a cup of coffee on those early mornings when the rest of the world was still enviably sleeping. It’s an (un)easy listening track, a sort of wonky Sunday afternoon piece with a feel good end or happy departure. Features Seán Mac Erlaine on Bass Clarinet.”
An established guitarist, remixer and producer, Patrick Hatchett divides his time between composing for screen, producing, and live performance. As a musician he has performed extensively around Europe and the UK including London Jazz Festival, Bestival, Alexandra Palace, O2 Arena, Sunsplash, Womad, Ronnie Scotts, main stages at Glastonbury Festival, Latitude and many more.
His career to date has seen him playing and recording with a broad selection of artists such as reggae legends Jerry Dammers Spacial AKA Orchestra, Johnny Clarke, Cornell Campbell, Dennis Alcapone, Roy Shirley, Little Roy, Soothsayers, Topcats; UK Lovers Rock artists Dennis Bovell, Janet Kay and Carol Thompson, Peter Hunningale. West African artists such as Dele Sosimi, Baba Adecosee Wallace, Kodjovi Kush; UK Jazz artists Shabaka Hutchings, Denys Babtist, Zoe Rahman, Julia Biel. Longtime member/writer of Yesking, as well as collaborating with Hip Hop artist Mystro aka Mysdiggi, BBC Radio 2 folk singer of the year Rioghnach Connolly, Grammy nominated singer songwriter Ben Onono and the ‘60s flamboyant rocker Arthur Brown.
In the studio he has written and recorded with producers and artists such as Mark Rae (Rae and Christian) The Nextmen, Brad Baloo, Tim Deluxe and longtime production partner Rhys ‘Yesking’ Adams with whom he remixed artists such as Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, DJ Vadim, Recloose, Smaak and Kraak and more.
This eclectic blend of styles, sounds, energy and characters have shaped Patrick’s musical make-up, reflected in both his writing and playing styles.
Upcoming projects include work on Jerry Dammers’ next release with Jamaican vocalists Johnny Clarke, Cornell Campbell, and Senegals Youssou N'Dour.
As a TV and film composer, he is member of SCGI (Screen Composers Guild of Ireland) and is represented and published by (AMP) Avant Music Port in Ireland.