Exclusive Premiere: Täpp Collective – ‘i like what i do // i do what i like’

Following the release of their first single ‘Chasing the Sun’ in 2019 and the critically acclaimed jazz drill inspired conceptual piece, ‘Never Knew Why [NKW]’ in November 2020, Täpp Collective release their debut new album, ‘i like what i do // i do what i like’, available on all major streaming platforms from Friday 18th June.

The twelve-track, genre-defying new album is a bold and eclectic project that effortlessly blends influences from classical music, jazz, hip-hop, electronics, folk music, bass and more into a complex but scintillating sound canvas created to transport audiences into a new world, where possibilities are limitless but joy is guaranteed.

Led by the compelling classical/jazz violinist Rebekah Reid, the violin, rather than vocals, is at the forefront of many of the album’s tracks.

She says: “I am determined to break down barriers for my instrument and my identity as a black woman, the album is a personal project that demonstrates both the virtuosity and versatility of the violin by entrenching its sound in multiple contexts in a unique but accessible way, enabling me to bring diverse music to new audiences, opening them up to new experiences.”

As a collaborative project, the album was conceived by musicians and creators from both London and Manchester, including poets, dancers and singers as well as drums/percussion, piano, electronics, sound engineers and more, and much of the work needed to be produced remotely due to the restrictions caused by lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic. The compositional framework is based around Rebekah’s unique use of loop pedal ‘layering’ both live and in a studio setting in addition to improvisation, exploring the interplay between jazz harmony and classical composition, producing a unique tonal narrative that captures the imagination and tells a story.

Rebekah goes on to add: “The song Viology features virtuosic violin playing inspired by Vivaldi, Bach, Max Richter and Steve Reich. Infused with electronics and layering to create an ethereal tapestry of sound that both soothes and excites the senses. Aquaria, is named after the legendary winner of Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and is an anthem created to empower women, transgender/gender non-conforming people and the LGBTQ+ community, encouraging them to step into their light and shine like the gifts they are to the world. One of my personal favourites, Never Knew Why is a groundbreaking jazz/drill inspired conceptual piece that unapologetically addresses the Black Lives Matter protests. The track and music video features a predominantly Black female and non-binary cast of musicians and dancers. The track itself was produced remotely during lockdown from samples and delay pedals were used to create the cinematic strings arrangement, lending to the track’s original and distinctive ‘orchestral grime’ sound.”

Täpp Collective’s highly anticipated debut album ‘i like what i do // i do what i like’ will be available to purchase on Bandcamp and available for streaming on all platforms from Friday 18th June.


About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and House. A man that lives in a world of beats and bass, and total confusion about life!