Bad Milk

FRESH: ‘Turn’ – Bad Milk feat. Randolph Matthews

Bad Milk and Randolph Matthews, “Turn”

UK producer Bad Milk today shares his new single “Turn” featuring renowned jazz vocalist Randolph Matthews. Bad Milk, real name Owen Roberts, has steadily been building a glowing reputation in the production communities and is becoming known for his daring vocalist selections. With roots in jazz, blues and folk, Matthews’s music explores the thin line between divine and secular. He is the perfect accompaniment on his uplifting track.

“Randolph visited me in Bristol for a day and we recorded 3 tracks” said Roberts. “The first of which was ‘Turn’. The instrumental was written a year earlier and is based around a vocal-like pad that drones throughout the entire track. At the time I’d been listening to a couple of old Stevie Wonder and Terence Trent D’arby records and was inspired by the vocal layers and harmonies in their tracks. Randolph was a pro and came out with dozens of great ideas during the session. I tried to capture as much as possible, layering a lot of vocals and harmonies onto the track. For me the final track has a cinematic and sentimental feeling to it”.

Recent releases have seen Bad Milk delve into the afro-beat, electronic and neo soul worlds showcasing an array of talents. His current remit looks at working with a variety of vocalists, moulding the skeleton of a song and then reigning it into a dance/pop track. In 2018, with official remixes for Dirty Vegas, Liv Lovelle and Robinson already making waves, the BBC 6 Music backed producer burst onto the scene with his Jordan Rakei and United Vibrations collaboration “Rocksteady”.

Owen’s songwriting abilities then caught the attention K-POP giants BTS with whom he co-wrote “Jamais Vu”, a track that has amassed hundreds of million of streams and featured on their worldwide No.1 album “Map of the Soul: Persona”. Equipped with instantly appealing warm electronic melodies and more hypnotic releases to come, it promises to be an exciting time for the hotly tipped producer.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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