Made up of British duo Robert Jones and Connor Daniel, UHURU continue to trample all that stands in their path, delivering the freshest and most vibrant-sounding tracks around; with latest single ‘Thirsty’ set for release on 8th June.
A pair whose sound knows no boundaries – even their name means “freedom” in Swahili – Robert and Connor fuse elements of dance and electronica, with ‘Thirsty’ utilising Connor’s vocals to create a rich and vibrant pop track which would feel equally at home on club dance-floors, or across radio airwaves.
Born in Kenya, Connor’s early sound verged into dubstep, with a feature on BBC Introducing, but he later developed into a gifted pianist, with a soulful vocal delivery that elevated early efforts at writing pop songs to echo those he was hearing on the radio.
With Welsh producer Robert taking inspiration from the likes of Nile Rogers, the two soon met via their music studies in Southampton and Guildford’s ACM, where the pair followed in the footsteps of previous alumni, including Ed Sheeran.“We’d try and work out this cool new direction to go in,” says Robert.
“I was trying to do really experimental, underground, future bass hip hop stuff,” laughs Connor. “But from there I discovered that you can mix all of that into pop music, which is more what we’re pushing towards now.”
Currently working on tracks for their forthcoming EP, the UHURU duo are rapidly evolving, with previous release ‘Suffocate’,showcasing their neon-tinged synthpop and global beats in a way reminiscent of breakout acts such as Bondax and Mura Masa.
With ideas flowing so fast, it’s not surprising Robert and Connor are eager to take UHURU out on the road and test their songs on live audiences, not least during a busy summer festival season. But forUHURU, the message is clear. Here are a duo who are on a mission to liberate your mind, body and soul.