Berlin via London artist Bearcubs has today shared the final taster from his forthcoming second album, ‘Everyplace Is Life’, a craftily-moulded genre-spanning single with wonky beats, angular constructions and subdued vocal, demonstrating his meticulous artistry and production ability. It features on the new album ‘Early Hours’, which will be released via Independently Popular on 15th May. Listen via the link below.
‘Everyplace Is Life’ is the follow up to previous singles ‘Screentime’ and ‘Overthinking feat narou’, which were released in recent months and continue to receive extensive support across BBC 1Xtra and BBC 6 Music. On ‘Everyplace Is Life’, Bearcubs (real name Jack Ritchie) explains,
“The idea came to me when I was on a train to play the Great Escape festival in Brighton a couple of years back. I was in that summer mood when everything seems rosy and I was thinking about how life can lead you on unexpected paths and about these little moments, good and bad that happen all the time. Looking around the train I got that feeling when you suddenly become aware of other people’s lives around you, and you remember that everyone else also has all these desires, worries, habits etc, outside of your own. I imagined little vignettes of things going on around the city like drunk people shouting in the street, a couple laughing together, sirens going past, a kid dropping their ice cream etc, like a collage of everyday life.”
Since releasing his very first piece of music, Bearcubs has created his own fiercely independent path. The release of ‘Ultraviolet’ in 2018 cemented him as a versatile producer and innovative songwriter and earned him recognition from the likes of Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, MistaJam, FADER, NPR, VICE, Complex and Mixmag.
After a much-anticipated relocation to Berlin last year, Bearcubs discovered new energy for creating music. As the stars aligned in his personal and creative world, he was offered the opportunity to score the debut feature-length film ‘Relativity’ by emerging director Mariko Minoguchi, premiered at the Munich International Film Festival and nominated at the BFI London Film Festival. After this and time spent absorbing his new surroundings and the slower pace of the city, his newfound perspective culminated with the birth of his second album ‘Early Hours’, a varied and entrancing journey of his time spent in London in the beginning of his musical career.
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