Neil Cowley is a potent collaborator, a musician who excels in a group environment.
Recently working Maribou State's hugely successful album, he then removed himself to the studio to focus on something rather more solitary.
Looking inwards, he asked himself some vital questions, and he provides at least some of the answers on his new 'Beat Infinitum' EP.
Incorporating electronic, ambient and neo-classical production to his improvisational piano playing, it's a dazzling return, even making room for guest vocalist Holly Walker.
"What happens when you look for heart and humanity from within the clutches of technology?" he asks. "In essence a snapshot of my studio would tell you all you need to know about my journey. Boxes, machines, synths, compressors, faders and switches."
"I have surrounded myself with these things and endeavoured to learn all of their workings over a long period of time. I have learnt a lot. But when the learning was over, it was time to create something human; and I then almost had to re-teach myself how to feel and make music about feeling."
The EP is out now, and Clash invited Neil Cowley to construct a special mix - it leans on the soulful side of the spectrum, but there's also room for exploration in a gripping selection that continually offers the unexpected.
A.Bee - Intro
Gabriels - Loyalty
Durand Jones & The Indications - Is It Any Wonder
Bobby Byrd - Hang Ups We Don’t Need
Khruangbin - Evan Finds The Third Room
Nightmares On Wax - Da Feelin
The Mauskovic Dance Band - Foam Nights
Mitú - Dogo
Neil Cowley & Ben Lukas Boysen - Solitary
Refinement Sad City - Steady Jam
Holly Walker - Straight Line (Neil Cowley Remix)
Shinichiro Yokota - Do It Again
Ariwo - Quasi
Metro Area - Atmosphrique
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'Beat Infinitum' EP
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