Lost but not least! EMO – Relief For Free (Butti 49 Remix) (Stereo Deluxe)
One of the most complete artists hailing from Scandinavia, Emil Søegaard aka EMO. As a matter of fact, an all-in-one guru combining his skills as both a singer, an instrumentalist and a producer. This on what, according to Rainer Trüby, happened to be “The best SD release ever”. In other words, ‘Relief For Free’. A statement which we 1,000% subscribe to. And this, more than 10 years after its first appearance as an appetizer to his 2003 ‘This is My Home’ album.
Initially a Reggae/Dubby joint, ‘Relief For Free’ pretty much embraced a new direction. Eventually turned into nothing but an absolute intoxicating piece of Modern Souljazziness. This under the expert hands of Øyvind Jakobsen and Snorre Seim, better known as Butti 49, in charge of the remix. Itself combining atmospheric keyboards, organ, guitar, strings and bass. With the whole enhancing the man’s outstanding vocal performance.
Hailing from Copenhagen, Emil Søegaard is pretty much a Third Millennium artist. With the first traces of him bringin’ us back to 2000. This as EMO with the moody ‘So Fine’ as remixed by Les Gammas on Jeannie Hooper‘s Liquid Sound Lounge label. His skills as both a singer, a musician and a producer from then allowing him to contribute to an impressive amount of projects. Under various guises, on his own as with some of his alter egos. Beginning with ‘The Real Chill Single’ that saw him sharing the duties vocally speakin’ along with Jah Bobby on Djosos Krost‘s ‘The Real Chill Single’ (homeBrew).
EMO eventually signed a record deal with German stable Stereo Deluxe. Thus delivering his debut single for the label – ‘Relief For Free’ – in 2002. Itself with remix courtesy of Butti 49. Then his first album – ‘This Is My Home’ – the year after along with guests such as Djosos Krost and Boozoo Bajou. Not to mention Kim Tapani Rantala aka Kasio (Nuspirit Helsinki) and Ousman Danso aka Dadduy Ous. A second album – ‘Remedy’ – following three years later on Audiopharm. With EMO appearing on Butti 49‘s 2004 album, ‘Habit’. And more precisely on its opening cut – ‘Flying’ – which got given a single release in 2007. This with additional remixes by the likes of King Knut and Cosa Nostra (Exceptional).
Havin’ left his EMO guise on hold, Søegaard has since developped other concepts. Beginning with Emo Dadda, but also Low Pressure. Eventually givin’ birth to Jiyu while merging the Low Pressure forces with Elephant In The Room‘s in 2016. This resulting in the release of four singles so far. With the latest in the series – ‘Runnn That Bizness’ – back in October 2018.