Brian sang backing vocals on More is Less.

I don’t really think I need to introduce this rather wonderful man. Legend, genius… I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. Suffice it to say I agree with all that stuff. Brian has been an inspiration for a long time, and in person has a tremendous energy and generosity of spirit – the fact that he agreed to take part in this recording is testament to that. I’ve enjoyed recording with him a couple of times, again thanks to Leo Abrahams’ recommendations.

Once I’d recorded the main groove to More is Less, I realised that what I really wanted on backing vocals was what I call the “Enolayer”. He just does this amazing thing with his voice on his albums with what Leo brilliantly referred to as his “benevolent, manly voice”. I thought it would be worth an ask, so sent him an email. Unfortunately it was to the wrong email address – an old one he rarely uses. After a few weeks of no reply I was about to give up, thinking I’d overstepped the mark by just asking if he would contribute… but then, to my delight he sent me a mail letting me know what had happened and agreeing to have a look at it.

That was just one of those days where it all feels like everything is right, as was today when, after listening to the final version in his studio with a big grin on my face, I had a nice cup of rooibos and a chat with him, and set off back down south in the glaring winter sun armed with some books he gave me and a beautiful vinyl copy of his new album LUX.

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