Playlist of the Week: Rudimental
The British quartet is officially a two-time chart-topper.
If there’s one thing you need to know about Rudimental, it’s that these dudes like to have fun. Like, a lot of fucking fun. Well, that and their new album, We The Generation, just reached the number one spot on this week’s Official Album Charts (their second no. 1 album). Bursting out of London’s underground music scene just a few short years ago, the electronic four piece band (comprised of Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor and Leon Rolle) has quickly become a global platinum-selling quartet, and shows little sign of slowing down.
With a soul music backbone and funk, reggae and hip-hop influences, their single “Feel The Love” featuring John Newman first skyrocketed the group to the top of the charts back in 2012, solidifying them as resident hit-makers. Add to it a list of all-start guest appearances, including MNEK, Emeli Sandé and, most recently, Ed Sheeran, and their sound cannot be ignored.
“There is no real process to our music making,” Piers Agget, one of Rudimental‘s four core producers/DJs told Maxim. “We’re musicians and songwriters, so getting our instruments out and jamming, seeing how it feels, bringing up old beats, working off each other’s vibes… it really depends on the vibe. Maybe I’ll just walk up to a keyboard and start playing. Once we get the vibe, we’ll add the production afterwards on a laptop. It starts very organically.”
Over the last few months Rudimental has headlined Glastonbury, Lovebox and their very own Wild Life Festival in Brighton; along with major performances at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and TomorrowWorld. Last week, the boys kicked off their latest tour by hitting up New York City’s famed Webster Hall as well as Brooklyn’s Warsaw & Output, with guest appearances by close friends Ed Sheeran, Anne Marie and Bridgette Amofah – performances we won’t soon forget.
Their latest single, “Lay It All On Me,” (also featuring Sheeran) has assisted in the overnight success of We The Generation. “Ed’s been a friend for years now. We wrote ‘Bloodstream’ with him and then he brought us on tour, so our relationship has developed naturally. While on tour we played him ‘Lay It All On Me’ and asked him to sing it, so he was the last piece of the puzzle,” notes Aggett.
Check out the hit single below and don’t forget to catch their latest No. 1 album “We The Generation,” now streaming on Spotify.