This one is for the ones who still go back to those jazzy hip hop records which never get old, no matter how much time has passed. A wonderful jazztronica tune, led by gorgeous vocals, “Bodies Formed”’s uplifting melodicism will certainly make you feel lighter and brighter.

Riah Lick Your Wounds is the coming together of childhood friends, Bristol-based producer and pianist Lickya Wounds (George Fellows) and Berlin-based singer-songwriter Riah Knight.

Their latest track is characterized by its soulful hip-hop groove reminiscent of J Dilla and its evocative lyrics weaving a story of the early days of romance in the city. The song is part of their debut EP, which has taken on an intergalactic sound, as it travels seamlessly between classic Jazz vocals, Hip-Hop beats and electronic production, reminiscent of the early works of Little Dragon or Hiatus Kaiyote. The sound imitates that of a lost tape that fell to earth from the future; warped, buried, dug up and plugged in. The duo elaborates:

The texture we aimed to create was inspired by something that was said by Russell Elevado, the engineer who worked on acclaimed neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop records in the 90s including D’Angelo’s Voodoo album. When speaking on Voodoo he said that he wanted to create something that sounded like it was off an old, dusty cassette tape from the 70s that had been completely forgotten about but had all this amazing music on it that nobody knew about. I liked that idea and wanted to try and make something that sounded like a lost tape from some unknown time, perhaps in the future, perhaps the past, that had somehow found its way here to the present day to be plugged in by an unsuspecting listener.

Feel free to explore their sound below: