Knox Brown
Knox Brown
Knox Brown & Gallant – Reignite (focus date 04/11 on Virgin EMI)
Knox Brown and Gallant team up on new single ‘Reignite’, taken from Bridget Jones’s Baby Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Appearing third on the album’s tracklist, ‘Reignite’ is a heart racing, seductive slow jam highlighted by Gallant’s soaring and impassioned vocals, with Knox providing a cavernous, doo-wop and blues backdrop as well as backing vocals. Based on a beat from Knox’s track ‘Harry’s Code’ which first put the UK singer, producer and songwriter on the radar as a solo artist, the spirited vocal turn from Gallant makes for a perfect amalgamation of the two forward thinking artists.  Gallant says it "was a pleasure working with Knox on this one for the Bridget Jones soundtrack-- never sang anything quite this carnal before... hope it gives people some ideas".

Knox Brown has spent most of his life searching. Arriving in the UK 15 years ago, after growing up in Jamaica, he struggled to relate to his roots as well as fit in with the new environment. His current surroundings in his Birmingham home where he creates music give little to imply that he has worked behind the scenes with the finest artists the world has to offer, including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Emeli Sande, Wretch 32 and Jess Glynne, who have all lined up for Knox’s unique studio magic.

Knox now steps to the limelight as an artist in his own right with debut EP Searching, released August 5th on Virgin EMI.  The first single, ‘No Slaves’ featuring Anderson .Paak is an empowering call to arms of rhythmic gospel, soul and dub, augmented by .Paak’s incisive verse.

It’s a powerful introduction to the Searching EP, a six song collection that explores the pursuit of identity and a better life, whilst traversing contemporary soul and hip hop, influences of the reggae records Knox’s father would spin back in Jamaica and the Just Blaze beats he fell in love with on Tim Westwood’s show growing up. The EP is Knox’s vision from concept to execution, along with the input of a few cherry-picked collaborators and kindred artistic spirits in Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid and Kojey Radical.

‘Dear Mr Brown’s tipsy moonlight dub blooms into rich jazz specked soul, an ear-perking statement of intent. On the title tracks Knox gives a fiery yet emotive monologue to stuttering old school hip-hop, punctuated by wistful soprano sax. ‘Searching Part II’, featuring Kojey Radical is swaggering doo-wop with brush stokes of psychedelia. ‘The People’ channels 50’s soul via cut-up contemporary hip hop, while the tumbling, updated Motown of ‘Harry’s Code’, an earlier version of which was the first solo track ever released by Knox, is given reinforcement from BJ The Chicago Kid.

From adapting to a new country at age 15 to programming beats with a Playstation controller, becoming a beatmaker and studio-for-hire while working part time in MacDonald’s after high school, to working as a secret weapon with some of the biggest artists in the world, Knox Brown’s journey has been a hard won and spirited one. On his debut EP he’s still searching, but now he’s taking us along for the ride.