The single is available as a limited edition 7” and features ‘Guts (Mr Dan’s Balloon Dub)’ on the B-side.
Pierre (Hall) from the label, discovered Loyle, a 20-year-old MC from London whilst trawling the internet and coming across his track ‘Cantona’ based on the passing away of his dad. ‘I fell in love with it immediately’ explained Pierre, ‘something about the sincerity of the lyrics, it felt authentic, but raw and exposed too. I could relate to it. I knew nothing about him but sent it to Dan and Alexis straight away simply saying we had to work with him’
The label invited Loyle down to the Heavenly Social for the launch night of their label compilation ‘Speedy Wunderground – Year 1’ where he met Dan and recently Mercury Prize nominated Kate Tempest who was performing that night and was awestruck. ‘When Dan suggested working together with Kate on something - it was like a dream come true,’ says Loyle, ‘that day in the studio with them both is something I’ll never forget’.
The resulting ‘Guts’, was conceived when Dan invited Kate and Loyle in for a session together, and the two displayed equal admiration for each other in the studio. ‘It showcases both of their talents perfectly; it’s a call-to-arms. A statement.’
Loyle, a fast rising star from South London, who recently released his ‘A Little Late’ EP to universal praise was also recently commissioned by the Tate Collective to produce a track, ‘Baby Grey’, to accompany an artwork by Tris Vonna-Michell.