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Payfone – I Was In New York / A Prayer For Maya Angelou

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Payfone – I Was In New York / A Prayer For Maya Angelou

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Payfone bring a double header of NYC styled heat for the inaugural release on their newly launched Otis Records. Marrying modern boogie and classic R&B, with cosmic leanings and Balearic touches, Payfone manage to keep all the essence of the early days whilst bringing a contemporary swagger to the floor.

Each element in I Was In New York gets the space it deserves. Palm muted guitars and sashaying synth echoes flutter over the top of a strutting slap bass courtesy of Giulio Granchelli. A simplicity that sings simultaneously giving your mind the space it needs to drift off into a daydream of sunsets over cityscapes. Introspective, meditative and innocent, Dayna Talleys spoken word vocals lull listeners into memories of tranquil times. Set to be one of 2019s standout songs, its refreshingly original and sure to cut through the noise.

The B side, A Prayer For Maya Angelou takes a Balearic boat out across calming seas. Gravitating around a metallic, pulsating synth, modulated to bounce at points and brood at others, mystic flurries drift in the distance, as pads wash across the horizon. Len Xiangs melancholic tale reverberates throughout, with those sweet sax sounds from Billy Brooks Paul and a spring reverbed guitar riffing off into the ocean – elevating this into pure paradise.

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A1 – I Was In New York, B1 – A Prayer For Maya Angelou

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