Feeling Cozy

Feeling Cozy

Last year I started putting some solo tracks together to release between main artist releases. It’s taken a while but I’ve now finally decided on a name and created a separate profile for these tracks. There are quite a few going live on YouTube and streaming sites and I’ll be putting together some playlists for you in the LoFi genre.

Enjoy! x

Mike Lindup And Changes 2

Mike Lindup And Changes 2

Mike Lindup Changes 2 Artwork
Mike Lindup Changes 2 Mention

Back when I was learning my craft as a keyboardist and vocalist, Changes by Mike Lindup became my most played and studied vinyl. Of course, being into Jazz Funk, Level 42 were one of my favourite bands, but while Changes had elements of funk, it also had some distinctly different influences, including classical and singer-songwriter styles that helped to expand my musical palette. I spent many hours working to perfect Life Will Never Be The Same and playing it around the acoustic clubs in town (yes, lugging the old KX88 and a sound module along!).

There was much excitement in the air amongst the synth and Level 42 fan communities when Mike announced Changes 2, so imagine my utter shock when I finally receive my CD and see my name there in the Thank-you’s! What a total honour! Mike is one of the lovely people of the music industry and still has such a gentle and humble nature despite his huge successes. I really wish him well with this project and hope to see a live performance of the album sometime, since the launch night was sold out when I tried to get tickets!

It’s clear how much love and care has gone into this album from everyone involved (it’s good to see Manu Katché back) and there are a few highlights, including Atlantia (fantastic groove, lyrics, harmonies, chord structure, the rhodes), You Can’t Just Live As An Island (that bassline!). David is a beautiful piece reminiscent of Life Will Never Be The Same in it’s lyrical content, which I presume is a tribute to Mike’s father, a respected composer himself. All As One is a beautifully crafted dreamscape and probably my favourite musical moment on the whole album.

With elements of Soul, Latin, Funk, Jazz, classic piano and rhodes, gorgeous harmonies, some nicely programmed synths and great chord progressions, the whole thing sounds fresh and modern and is beautifully produced by Toni Economides and Mike Patto. A really enjoyable listen that Mike must be very proud of and the CD is one that I will treasure! x

Piano Day 2023

Piano Day 2023

It’s the 88th day of the year – Piano Day! In celebration, here’s one of my relaxation tunes. I’ll be releasing these soon under a new name to keep them separate from my Jazz-Funk work (just have to decide what that new name is going to be!)

Two of my favourite soft pianos are the EastWest Bösendorfer and Spitfire Labs Soft Piano, which have been blended on this track. This is Stillness, taken from a new collection called The Light Fantastic. The second track in that collection can be heard here – Refractions.

Happy Piano Day to Nils Frahm who came up with the idea of celebrating all things piano!

A Degree In Orchestration

A Degree In Orchestration

Gladiator Screenshot

I’ve been a composer for many years but wanted to expand on my knowledge, so in December I decided to sign up for an Orchestration degree course with Thinkspace. It’s going to be a tough challenge but it’s been a lot of fun so far and has helped me to reach the next plateau of learning in just two months.

For the first time I’m setting up cinematic-sized templates and shopping around for the perfect sound libraries (I’ll be demoing some favourite libraries and plug-ins over the coming months).

I’m also receiving some top orchestration tips from a respected Hollywood composer and orchestrator – worth the course fee alone!

This means that all of my production music will be getting reworked over the coming couple of years, plus I’ll be looking at building my IMDb profile with a few shorts, documentaries and low-budget movies.

Bring Those Good Times Back

Bring Those Good Times Back

Bring Those Good Times Back

(with Matt Johnson and Derrick McKenzie)

Atheen - Bring Those Good Times Back

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The new single, Bring Those Good Times Back, has launched today! It’s always an exciting time releasing any music, but this feels particularly special as I have some exceptionally talented musicians contributing to it.

Ever since getting into music, it’s been the dream to be part of the ‘Jazz-Funk / Acid Jazz’ gang and I’ve previously been lucky enough to have musical contributions from Nick Van Gelder, Gary Barnacle and Johnny Thirkell. I was overjoyed when Matt Johnson and Derrick McKenzie agreed to play on the track. Right away they got the vibe that was needed and I have to say that I’m so happy with the end result. It was an absolute joy to work with such professional and experienced musicians and I hope there will be many more opportunities in the future.

Of course, I couldn’t do a track without my trusty buddy Gaz Rackham on bass, his playing still leaves me in awe after 20 odd years and to finish it all off I tracked down Jack Pennifold to play guitar, as I’d been so impressed with his professionalism and his robot timing on the previous track (listen out for those guitar triplets, awesome!)

Mixing Jazz-Funk to give it a retro vibe while still being fresh and modern enough to end up in Nu Disco playlists is quite a feat but Jez Larder at Skyline Studio did just that, a very talented mix engineer that I highly recommend.

So there we are. It took a while as these things are cash and time hungry when you’re an independant musician, but I now have enough tracks in the repertoire to get out on the road! 🙂

The video above is the Nu Disco remix, you can view the original mix here.

Track Credits

Written and Produced by Atheen.
Keys by Matt Johnson
Drums by Derrick McKenzie
Bass by Gaz Rackham
Guitar by Jack Pennifold
Mastered by Jez Larder at Skyline Studios
Video elements by Canva / Veed.io

New Single Preview

New Single Preview

Really excited to share this preview of the new single with you! Back when I started this entire project of inviting guest artists from the world of Jazz-Funk to play, I had no idea if anyone would say yes. Now here we are at the 4th single release with contributions by Matt Johnson and Derrick McKenzie of Jamiroquai!

Gaz Rackham and Jack Pennifold are completing the lineup for this release and it’s mixed by Jez Larder at Skyline Studios. So incredibly grateful to everyone that’s contributed, so proud of the end result and looking forward to sharing the full track with you later this week.

Neon City – Lofi Chillout

Neon City – Lofi Chillout

While I love doing tracks with guest artists and have more planned (I’m in the studio finishing one off right now!), these things take a huge time and cash investment so I wanted to release some tracks that I can create with just a laptop, headphones and a controller keyboard.

The first is Neon City, a lo-fi, lounge type chillout track that still lets me noodle on some favourite plug-ins, including my EastWest Bosey, Arturia Rhodes and Alchemy synth. I’ve chucked some XLN Audio RC-20 across the mix for a splash of retro grit. The old cartoon character also got revived.

Best listened to in a dark room with rain outside and a lava lamp on – enjoy! x