Stubborn Heart – Penetrate (single) (One Little Indian Records)


The debut self-titled album (artwork above) from Stubborn Heart, the London and Oxford downtempo electronic duo of Luca Santucci and Ben Fitzgerald, was named Rough Trade and Mixmag ‘Album Of The Month’ and ‘Album Of The Year’ respectively at Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards.

“Penetrate” was one of the album’s many highlights and last week the song was released as an EP featuring the album version along with 3 remixes in addition to an exclusive track, “Nighthawks”.

Upon first listen one may make comparisons to SBTRKT, and James Blake as well as Atoms For Peace / Thom Yorke. However, both “Penetrate”, and Stubborn Heart in general, showcase other unique subtle influences, specifically 60’s and 70’s pop and soul. Who says electronic music lacks humanness and soul?

While the broken beats, blips and glitches add texture and rhythm, it’s the hooks and melody of “Penetrate” that really set Stubborn Heart apart. The reverb that tails off the Thom Yorke-esque vocal throughout the verses creates a ghostly vapour while the direct pop vocal melodies of the chorus transform the song into a timeless soul tune.

The production is top shelf; delightfully atmospheric and sparse, moody but not brooding.

Pure class all the way.

The ‘Penetrate’ EP was released on 30 September, 2013 and is available via iTunes now through the excellent One Little Indian Records.

Watch the video for “Penetrate,”directed by Emile Rafael, below: