Rudimental Talk Unlikely Collaboration With Foy Vance
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 09, 2015

  • Posted by: David Pitz

Foy Vance is a rustic looking chap from Northern Ireland with a timeless voice, a perfectly waxed mustache, and a fondness for tweed flat caps. His mostly acoustic music is elegant and rooted in folk and perhaps even hymnal traditions. It is often quiet and ruminative, yet cinematic in its own way.

Rudimental, on the other hand, are a rambunctious English dance crew, wielding a killer, over-the-top live show, ferocious energy, and a general sound that will pump you up to go all freakin' night. The two artists are very, very different. Yet on the excellent new track from Rudimental's forthcoming album We The Generation, the unlikely combination totally works.

"Never Let You Go" skews decidedly on the dancier side of the two artists. It's blown up and bursting at the seams...a classic Rudimental anthem that's got us absolutely jazzed for the follow-up to their platinum selling debut, Home. We recently sat down with Kesi Dryden and Piers Agget from the band to get the scoop on the band's newest single.

Described as "a festival, feel-good track, with a bit of Jungle D'nB influences in there, some brass, and a really really emotional middle eight", Piers spoke of origins that started when both Foy and Rudimental were paired together on a tour with Ed Sheeran. Never a group to balk at working with other artists, the band sat down to write the track with Foy. "It was one of those tracks that, when we made it, we were like, 'Yeah! This has got that positive, feel-good vibe,'" Piers added.

These types of unlikely collaborations are at the heart of what Rudimental does. Home featured contributions from the likes of Angel Haze, Emil Sande, Alex Clare, and John Newman. "That's just something we like to do", Kesi explained. "To take singers outside of their comfort zone and put them on something different. The fusion seems to work really well".

It's a good thing these two artists are so comfortable with each other. "We did Jools Holland together a couple weeks ago", Piers added. "I walked in on [Foy] in the toilet. And he's just sitting there with a guitar. It was the most amazing thing I ever heard"! I'm sure it was, but...awkward!

Check out our incredible live capture of Rudimental performing at Hype Hotel in Austin back in 2013.
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