Ingredient is the collaboration of Toronto poets, composers, producers and friends Ian Daniel Kehoe and Luka Kuplowsky. Released last week, their self-titled debut came together over the course of six months in their shared home studio they frequented daily, with vocal contributions from Thom Gill and the alto sax Karen Ng. Sitting somewhere between the 80s soft rock of John Moods and the dreamy alt-r&b of Toro Y Moi, Ingredient is melodic escapism of the very highest order.
I’m not sure what the weather’s doing wherever you happen to be reading this from, but here in the south west of England it is bleak. Cold, windy, raining, depressing; so thank fuck for John Mood’s new album The Great Design and its soft warmth and positive vibes to lift all our spirits. Moods stays true to his MO of soft rock, synthpop, 80s stylings throughout, with the thoughtful, melancholic Awfully Close is a particularly evocative instrumental delight.