‘Still Hope’ is the second Secretsundaze single and the follow up to ‘Motorway Jam’ (their double A side with Palms Trax from late last year). The track sees them collaborate with Anthony Anaxagorou, a British born Cypriot, award winning poet and essayist, whose poetry and fiction have appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC4, ITV and Vice. Hearing his lyrics via their good friend Simbad, Secretsundaze connected with Anthony and ‘Still Hope’ is the fruit of their labour.
The Still Hope Original Mix is a potent and political spoken-word piece delivered over a rolling house groove. Definitely one for the deeper moments with its late night heady feel and full vocal not letting up. The ‘Poems in the Heart’ floor version strips the vocal back and adds dramatic strings for a more direct dance floor approach.
Ex Slum Village Detroit producer Waajeed, real name Robert O’Brayent adds two remixes to the EP, ‘Detroit Hardcore Dub’, which is exactly what it says on the tin, and his ‘‘Searching Dub’, which is a jazzier, more spacey route with live sounding drums and smooth pads.
“We’re very happy to be releasing our debut EP on Phonica Records, a store and label close to our hearts, having shopped there since day one and James also working behind the counter in the earlier days. We’ll let Anthony’s words do the talking but suffice to say, it’s been a great experience and opportunity working with him and we’re happy to be able to use our music as a platform to spread some positivity with the world, especially in it’s current sorry state of a airs. There’s Still Hope!” Secretsundaze