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General News / August 14, 2017

Premiere: Moving Still – ‘Green Light’ Feat. Xona & Ian McFarlane

General News / August 14, 2017

Premiere: Moving Still – ‘Green Light’ Feat. Xona & Ian McFarlane

“It was great working quickly and instinctively alongside people with whom you have an instant musical chemistry”


We’re happy to present a track by Moving Still called ‘Green Light’, featuring Kid Karate’s Ian McFarlane and vocalist Xona. We also caught up with Moving Still to discuss the collaboration after Ian and his recent work, and how hitting up different record stores when he’s travelling led to the track’s creation.

“‘For Do Me Right‘, the samples I used are from stuff I picked up in Berlin, and the track ends up being a memory of the time and place I had been. With Ian’s involvement, we were constantly on a back and forth sending tunes to each other, you know, something we had listened to or something I had made. So when I sent him ‘Do Me Right’, immediately he wanted to put a baseline on it.”

Moving Still says he met vocalist Xona when he was running his Watermelon hip hop parties.

“We got talking when he would come up and ask what music we were playing, and it dawned on me that I had seen him play in the Sugar Club. I had thought at the time ‘this guy has an incredible voice’ so I immediately asked if he would be interested in working on a track together. I was already in the middle of working on something that I was using for myself as practice, because at the time the missus was teaching me how to sing. I recorded some of my own vocals on it, but I realised there was no point in keeping it for myself when I could give it to someone with an incredible voice.”

Both Ian McFarlane and Xona seem to share Moving Still’s enthusiasm for the track, Ian saying, “It was great working quickly and instinctively alongside people with whom you have an instant musical chemistry”.

Xona also chimes in, “An energy culminated from people who had never worked together before, and though what seems like fate were brought together. ‘Cause everything just worked”.

Listen to the track, mastered by Liam Maher, for the first time below. It’s also a free download.

Click here to listen to a podcast where Jamal Sul discusses his run in with MF DOOM’s manager, honing his skills with Martin Clancy and his project Moving Still.