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You only have to hear a couple of bars of Samuel's music to realise there is something very special going on. The exuberant, widescreen electronic production alone is special. The songs thrust forward excitingly, all colourful bleeps and bass, and drums as informed by hip hop as dance music. Then Samuel starts to sing, and the music becomes truly startling. With a voice that's more Frank Ocean than James Blake, this 'wee gypsy,' as he describes himself, has a soulful tone so natural and unforced its absolutely thrilling.

Samuel grew up in Ireland, raised in gypsy camps and children’s homes, and living homeless for a ‘good chunk’, he initially found relief in the music therapy on offer at the homes. His talent stood out, and won him a series of scholarships that lead to a place at Goldsmith's university. This story shows in his music only via its sheer quality, which explains his astonishing story entirely. Samuel's music makes other crooners sound cripplingly restrained; there's no miserablism here, just visceral optimism, desire and fun. If ever music has captured the sense of being young in a big city, thrusting out into a night full of promise, this is it. Its tempting to hear some of his pre-history in 'slimy gypsy camps' in the music's freedom, wildness and touch of devilment. His inspiration though is rooted in field recordings and his observations of London, bits of chatter, the ‘sounds from my diary’ that he encounters out and about are manipulated and added to. He doesn’t write down lyrics. ‘Over time,’ he says, ‘words tumble and glue together.’ All of which goes some way to explaining the yearning urgency in his voice and lyrics.

His debut EP Falling Star was released on Technicolour in 2013, and received high praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Dazed and Dummy magazine. The follow up single These Days, released via Big Dada, see's Samuel’s voice soaring over Kwes’ dreamlike production, with chiming electronics and propulsive drums conjuring childlike innocence and the throb of urban romance. There’s a balmy evening glow to the music, and a sense of new, shared sensation. Samuel describes the feeling the song summons as ‘that invisible pull that comes with a romantic attraction! My songs are about the fizz.’ Fittingly, there’s no better summary than Samuel’s own: ‘I always think of wee magic carpet rides over London'. “Hold tight, as we take a ride.”

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Samuel - 'Falling Star' EP Out Now on Technicolour

Samuel's debut EP for Technicolour - Falling Star - is out now and available on 12" vinyl and digitally from the Ninjashop, iTunes and Amazon.

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Track Premiere: Technicolour's Samuel Drops "Death Star Wonder" on Pitchfork

Technicolour's Samuel drops a brand new track over on Pitchfork ahead of his debut EP out next week!

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Solid Steel Radio 27-09-13 - DK, Machinedrum

DK opens the first hour of this week's Solid Steel show, with hour 2 featuring Matt Black of Coldcut interviewing Machinedrum about his new album, Vapor City.

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Samuel - Dazed Interview, Video Premiere & Track Giveaway

Technicolour new boy Samuel speaks with Dazed about his new release Falling Star. You can also get a free download of the title track and watch the premiere of his new video here.

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  • "RT @RTEPulse: Now playing "These Days" by @ChasingSamuel coming out real soon on @bigdadarecords Trust us, this one is the sound of summer …"

    Sun Jul 05 19:36:25 2015
  • "RT @Urb_Projections: We are tres excited about kickstarting the latest collaboration:visualising the dreamy sounds of @ChasingSamuel,as he …"

    Sun Jul 05 19:04:31 2015
  • "RT @ThisIsRnB: New Music: @ChasingSamuel – "These Days""

    Fri Jul 03 16:28:10 2015
  • "RT @thefader: Premiere: Rising UK singer @ChasingSamuel links with @kwes on “These Days.”"

    Fri Jul 03 16:27:02 2015
  • "RT @RuthESaxelby: This @ChasingSamuel single, produced by @kwes, is lil bit of peace and warmth <3 (via @sydegee)"

    Fri Jul 03 16:26:53 2015

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