TWO of the UK’s brightest emerging talents have come together to release a contemporary reworking of Fleetwood Mac’s iconic track ‘The Chain’.
Stripping the track back to its bare bones, South London electronic producer Kerala Dust’s careful production lends an ethereal quality to the anthem; turning it into something entirely different from what we’re used to hearing. Deeply atmospheric in its intriguing combination of crystalline beats and juddering electronics, the tension that increases throughout is offset by Brooke Bentham’s delicate delivery; ghostly quiet yet equally captivating.
Kerala Dust said of the recording: “Brooke and I sat down in my old basement bedroom-studio in New Cross late last autumn to spontaneously work on some music together. We bonded over our love for 70s rock and blues, and felt that it could be interesting to re-work one of our favourites from that period. ‘The Chain’ seemed an obvious choice, and our aim was to create something that seemed like a dystopian mirror’s image of the original; an ethereal snapshot of the past through the lens of today’s fragmented, distended realities. The song was finished in less than two days, and we’re rather proud of the result.”
Brooke, meanwhile, added: “Ed & I were at university when he asked me if I wanted to collaborate on a Fleetwood Mac track. So I took to his basement studio and we recorded vocals for ‘The Chain’. He asked me to do a few different styles, which is why I sound like I’m almost whispering for a lot of the song. I really love Ed’s work and so it was a pleasure to be able to sing with him.”
Tipped to make a significant impact on 2018, Brooke Bentham plays Glasgow’s Stereo on 4th May.