Kevin McKay announces his ‘No Samples Were Harmed In The Making Of This Record’ LP
Glasgow Underground owner and house producer, Kevin McKay has finally announced his a 10-track concept album. The album, which he gave the exclusive news, during our recent BMC interview, is an album of rebooted and revitalised classics.
Due for release in September 2019, ‘No Samples Were Harmed In The Making Of This Record’ brings old favourites back to life and in the process, explores an underused method of production that could inspire artists on a global scale.
The album’s first single dropped in May (which we premiered, above) – a vocal-driven cover of Randy Crawford’s 1977 track ‘Hallelujah’ on which Kevin joined forces with David Penn, to produce this Ibiza-worthy piano house record.
The new developments in audio recognition technology, sampling and legalities are at their most temperamental state; there is no guaranteed safe zone for producers and with so many labels re-issuing funk, soul and disco catalogues, copywriting restrictions are at an all-time high.
Kevin took this situation as the main inspiration for the album’s concept and worked out how he could twist it to his advantage as an artist:“I’m a DJ at heart. I’m not a multi-instrumentalist composer or songwriter. I like having new exciting tracks in my sets and making them yourself makes playing them out all the most exciting. So sampling is a key element of “my” music. To sample things legally you have to ask the original songwriters if it’s ok and it can take 6-12 months to clear an idea. By the time it comes back I’m usually so over the original idea it’s a waste of time for me to record it.
The one thing you can do quickly and easily is a cover version. These have traditionally been frowned upon as never-as-good-as-the-original. However, the internet has made it much easier to find and record great singers and musicians who can perform just as well as the original recording artist (and sometimes better in my opinion!). So, my mission with this album was to do what I always have, be inspired by music from the past and make club tracks for today. You might recognise some of the songs on this album, but none of them are the original performers. And the record is 100% legal. And hopefully 100% exciting when you are on the dancefloor.”
Watch our Interview:
Kevin McKay – Fever Called Love
Kevin McKay – Save Me
Kevin McKay & Joshwa – Such a Good Feeling
Kevin McKay & David Penn – Hallelujah
Kevin McKay – Move Your Body (Elevation)
Kevin McKay – I Got The Feeling
Kevin McKay ft Start The Party – Million Dollar Bill
Kevin McKay ft Start The Party – I Feel Love
Kevin McKay & Matt Fontaine – Get Get Down
Kevin McKay ft Start The Party – Don’t Leave Me This Way