By: Staff –
Sugarcane’s hybrid sound updates vintage bossa nova and calypso for twenty-first century London. With one British parent and one from the Caribbean, it’s not surprising that Robin French’s music is a post-Colonial jumble. Acoustic backyard sambas meet French chansons, Bahian drumming melds with Trinidadian steel pan, an old drum machine, and a toy melodica.
All these sounds collide perfectly in their triumph of their debut track “One Specific Thing”, which you can watch the new video for exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
The track is a statement of their distinctive genre fusion, exploring a charming and personal narrative, told through an exuberant sound that lives the dichotomy of being both timeless and cutting edge, both nostalgic and refreshingly new.
The band, consisting of one of the UK’s brightest acting talents, Antonia Thomas, who is best known as Aisha from the BAFTA award-winning Misfits and Evie in the Netflix comedy Lovesick, and singer-songwriter Robin French, formed when Antonia and Robin met in the green room of a London theatre, while working on a play together.
On the motivation behind “One Specific Thing”, French says, “It’s about escaping, about the joy & melancholy of saying ‘fuck it’, junking your old life & starting again. I wrote it with Mr. Hudson for our album “Tale of Two Cities”. When Antonia was round at mine, she sang my samba version & everything clicked.”