‘Mesmerizing’ The Guardian
‘Keep an eye on this guy!’ - Gilles Peterson
Catching Flies’ music draws from a wide-ranging palette of influences including jazz, soul, hip-hop, house and electronica and has previously seen him handpicked by Bonobo to provide support on his world tour. Over the past few years his music has gathered the support of Gilles Peterson, Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne, Julie Adenuga & Huw Stephens; critical acclaim from the likes of iD Magazine, The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, and Nowness; plus a growing fanbase which has seen him perform both live and DJ sets across the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia. With 60,000,000 streams to date it seems Catching Flies' unique and captivating sound has found a global audience.
His debut album "Silver Linings" contains shades of house and jazz, hip-hop and electronica. A melodic mesh of bright electronics and intricate rhythms, it’s a beautiful and moving record, with sounds that unmistakably come straight from the heart.
Producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ George King began Catching Flies in late 2012, when he recorded and self released his first two EPs. With huge radio and press support around the world - including multiple #1’s on Hype Machine, BBC Radio support from Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs, Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Nemone, Annie Mac, Huw Stephens; praise from i-D, Dazed, The Guardian, Complex, Notion, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, Dummy and more - he’s since attracted millions of listeners.
Touring with electronic music giant Bonobo - who also included him on his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix - allowed him to watch up close someone who had taken a slow and steady path from tiny clubs in Brighton to arenas worldwide, and see it was possible to do without any compromise. After being teased through a succession of warmly received singles this past year, and seven years on from that first EP recorded and released from his bedroom, his debut album "Silver Linings" is now revealed.
Recalling those moments brings back a range of memories: "Satisfied" began by being tapped out on a £15 keyboard bought from Kentish Town Cash Converters, "Yǔ" was made in the mountains of China during a few days off from touring, while an evening on Hampstead Heath inspired "Kite Hill Theme". Also featured on the album is "New Gods", a collaboration with London’s bright stars Jay Prince and Oscar Jerome and the beautiful and meditative "Opals", inspired by the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto.