“All In A Day” – Stee Downes (Sonar Kollektiv) [ALBUM] September 22, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
TITLE: All In A Day / ARTIST: Stee Downes / LABEL: Sonar Kollektiv / RELEASE DATE: 1st December 2008 / CAT NO: SK203CD
A talented multi-instrumentalist and DJ, Stee Downes was raised on a diet of soul music, falling in love with the music of Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, George Benson, and Curtis Mayfield at an early age courtesy of his parents’ record collection. This experience shaped his outlook on music and life, and artists such as Donny Hathaway, Dangelo, James Brown and Aretha Franklin took a firm place in his heart, filling him with an inspiration that has lasted to this day.
In 2002 after a trip round Europe, Stee settled in Amsterdam where he rapidly gained recognition in the soul community thanks to his warm, soulful voice, causing London based outfit Loose Ensemble to seek out one of his demo’s. They promptly asked him to feature on two tracks for the Catalyst EP, which was released on Foundation records. He later collaborated with Echoplex’s Ed Eustace to be part of Vinylvibes’ first release, which received massive support from top-DJs, music connoisseurs and tastemakers such as Dom Servini, Rainer Truby, Michael Ruetten and, of course, Jazzanova. Inspired by the positive reaction Stee was determined to keep on pushing. He developed his vocal talents and combined them with his original song-writing to create a unique sound. He began to build his repertoire and put together a live show, later supporting top acts such as Amp Fiddler, Bugz in the Attic and Money Mark in 2006.
In April 2008 he teamed up with old friend and musical counterpart Ishfaq to record his debut album All In A Day. They settled into their makeshift studio in Croatia and recorded the album in two weeks. Coming from the same school of thought and both being heavily influenced by similar music, they formed a solid partnership and played all the instruments on the project. What results is a unique collection of thoughts, observations and experience. Stee’s creativity is driven by his personal feelings and by a personal philosophy to always be honest and true to himself. As he puts it: “Emotionally, I would describe All In A Day as a heart-felt and honest expression of who I am and how I feel. The album is based around a simplistic and direct approach to melody, rhythm, emotion and message. There is an underlying bittersweet feeling to all the songs”.
In ten songs that fuse the emotion of soul, the groove of funk and the coolness of jazz, Stee Downes opens his heart for all to see. All In A Day features Stee Downes’ excellent first single “Asunder”, feel-good tunes such as “When I’m Feeling”, “What’s Wrong With Groovin’”, funky numbers such as “Disciples” and “Movement”, as well as deeper, more intimate songs like “Put A Little Love In My Soul”, “Obviously” and “Destruction of Ourselves”.
Stee Downes is the best cure for a muggy mind and a soul in need of refreshment; give his album a listen and let his warm voice take you on a journey all in a day…