Sugarcane combines Brazilian rhythm with English songwriting. It’s the brainchild of Robin French, the former bassist of Mr. Hudson & The Library, who played Jools Holland and supported such heavyweights as Amy Winehouse, The Police and Kanye West.
After leaving the Library, Robin went travelling in South America, and came back bewitched by bossa nova guitar playing. Songs came to him that combined bookish indie sensibilities, blissed-out samba grooves and his own Caribbean background. He’s joined by top Brazilian rhythm section Xande Oliveira (drums, percussion) and Klaus Stahr (double bass), together with Siân Herbert (flute, steel pan, melodica) and Claire Niesyto-Bame (backing vocals, percussion).
“I knew ‘Clear Blue Sky’ had to have its time in the sun. Its lazy summery lyrics are a perfect match with Sugarcane’s tropical rhythms, and Antonia sings the hell out of it.”
The euphoric new single ‘Clear Blue Sky’ captures sunshine in a bottle, the perfect soundtrackto the joyous, long summer months ahead. It welcomes back BAFTA award winning actress Antonia Thomas (Misfits, Lovesick, The Good Doctor) to feature. Antonia was also the featured vocalist on Sugarcane’s first single ‘One Specific Thing, which has now notched up over 135K listens on Spotify.
“It’s about going on an adventure with your new love at the start of the summer,” says French, about the track, which was produced by Raphael Mann at Arco Barco Studios in Ramsgate. “I love this song – Mr. Hudson penned it for our indie guitar band in the days of yore, before even the formation of The Library. I knew ‘Clear Blue Sky’ had to have its time in the sun. Its lazy summery lyrics are a perfect match with Sugarcane’s tropical rhythms, and Antonia sings the hell out of it.”
Sugarane have been played by Tom Robinson on 6Music, featured three times on BBC Introducing in the West Midlands, selected for the BBC Introducing Mixtape and were long-listed for Glastonbury Emerging Acts 2019.
‘Clear Blue Sky feat. Antonia Thomas’ is out now.
Photo & Cover Art: Siân Herbert