First premiered on Julie Adenuga’s Beats 1 show, the sultry vocals from Bryony Jarman-Pinto on ‘Glass Games’ intertwine with Werkha’s jazzy low-slung beat for an irresistible groove. Created by Manchester-based visual artist Dyllan Zain, the accompanying entrancing video sees Jarman-Pinto submerged into cosmoses, galaxies, and nebulas. ‘Glass Games’ is taken from the ‘For All Hands’ EP, the latest offering from producer and multi-instrumentalist Werkha.
Werkha is Tom A. Leah, a Mancunian in Glasgow, via rural Cumbria. First adopting the alias in 2012, Tom’s time so far as Werkha has seen him craft a singular sonic portfolio; exploring a vast array of live instrumentation, band arrangement, electronic production, DJ and remix work. Like his busy schedule, Werkha’s productions demonstrate an infectious energy, curiosity, and enthusiasm for exploring the ways in which sound can traverse time and space, taking in transatlantic jazz and soul, diasporic West African percussion, trembling Chinese guzhengs, rolling Lancashire hillsides, and vibrating urban tenements.
Werkha’s virtuoso live band, featuring regular collaborator Bryony Jarman-Pinto on vocals, alongside Matt Davies (kit) and Dyllan Zain providing AV, have been busily honing their craft for a while now, playing clubs and festivals across Europe, alongside high profile support tours with Bonobo and Chet Faker. Werkha’s DJ chops are also impressive, most effortlessly at home in the context of the So Flute club-night he helps run in Manchester, alongside fellow residents Baloo, Bolts, Danuka, and Yadava.
With two new highly acclaimed EP releases (“We Communicate EP” and “For All Hands EP”) trailed by festival dates and an Autumn live tour, 2017 was a busy year for Werkha as he continued to expand his already wide musical ideas in depth and breadth, exploring the possibilities of movement through sound. Tom has recently taken some time to regroup and experiment with new ways of communicating his music in a live setting, with an AV tour due in the Spring.
Further details and dates to be confirmed:
16th Feb – O2 Forum, London, England / 24th Mar – Les Abbatoirs, BDJ, France / 30th Mar – Temple of Boom, Leeds, England / 31st Mar – Hug & Pint, Glasgow, Scotland / 11th Apr – Gretchen, Berlin, Germany / 27th Apr – Jazzkar Fest, Talinn, Estonia / 28th Apr – Jazzkar Fest, Talinn, Estonia / 6th May – SFTOC, Salford, England / 23rd Jun – Glasgow Jazz Fest, Scotland / 13th Jul – (DJ Set) Hills Have Vibes Fest, England / 15th Jul – Edinburgh Jazz Fest, Scotland”
For All Hands is out now via Tru Thoughts