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Virtually Famous: Elderbrook

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 11/09/2020 David Smyth
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The name may be familiar. Londoner Alexander “Elderbrook” Kotz was the voice of Camelphat’s dance track Cola, which spent more than two months in the UK top 40 in 2017, became a platinum seller and went on to score a Grammy nomination for best dance recording.

He has also sung on Rudimental’s Something About You, remixed Clean Bandit’s Rockabye and had his own songs produced by Diplo and Jacknife Lee. His soft, restrained singing voice was perfectly suited to Cola, which managed to build into something euphoric while still sounding low-key next to the brashness of most chart dance music.

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On his debut solo album, released next week, he pulls off a similar trick — the feel is so relaxed that you might not notice at first that there are some highly tuneful, smile-inducing pop songs on there. It’s a vibe fitting for his popular Quarantine Live Streams, where he puts on one-man concerts from his kitchen.

When he emerges to proper stages, there ought to be a sizeable audience waiting for him.

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