Bad Colours is the moniker of London-born, Maryland-raised, Brooklyn-based DJ and producer Ibe Soliman. With influences of garage from both sides of the Atlantic as well as funk, post-disco, proto-house and rap samples; his debut album ‘PINK’ is set for release by Bastard Jazz on 26th February 2021.
The drive to record an album came about while isolating at home in Flatbush during the COVID-19 pandemic. Inspired by some rough ideas and samples that friends sent him, Ibe focussed his attention on making music. From time well spent soaking up and storing sounds from clubs around the world, Ibe found, now with the time to dedicate towards it, the tracks flooding out. Taking cues from early Trax records and Larry Heard, the UKG musicality of MJ Cole, Todd Edwards’ vocal sampling techniques, the brashness of Bmore, and an encyclopedia of disco, funk and soul knowledge; Ibe got to work and quickly compiled more than enough tracks for a full-length release.
Flowing from the album intro ‘PINK!’, first single ‘Cookin’ vibes over a Chris Faust sample and saxophone from south California virtuoso Carras Paton. ‘Feelin’ Like’ was originally built around a short vocal sample by Jarv Dee, but grew to include additional lyrics on black power from the Seattle rapper after he heard it: “Dancey stuff with a message” says Ibe.
Slow jam ‘Heyyy’, with its preemptive lyrical synths, bridges to the album’s next single ‘Get You Off’. Ibe had been listening to a lot of Marvin Gaye – particularly ‘I Want You’ – during lockdown, getting into the production and vocals. After writing the “I just wanna get you off” hooks, he handed the track over to talented singer, actor and playwright Marcus Harmon who wrote the verses and provided the stunning vocal performance.
Keeping the sensual vibe, ‘Skin To Skin’ samples vocals from ‘Private Play’ by Wash ‘N’ Set, also produced by Ibe, with the Chris Isaak-esque guitar lines by Lex from Foreign Tapes. Made late at night, CMYK reminded Ibe of driving at night in the rain in NYC, where the colors bleed together on the wet road while ‘Boss’, the first track made for the album, is based around a Sunny Jones sample. The closing track ‘Feel’ was made at the peak of Black Lives Matter protests. “I just wanted something hard sounding,” says Ibe.
Known for his residencies at some of New York’s top venues, Ibe has been rocking crowds as a DJ for over a decade, and has shared the decks with the likes of James Murphy, Mark Ronson, and Q-Tip. He’s performed alongside Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Pusha T, and Young Thug, to name a few. In high demand as a private party curator, he’s helped set the tone for Jeff Koons, FKA Twigs, Justin Timberlake, Travis Scott, and Usher. When Ibe’s not behind the decks, he’s in the lab, where he’s produced for Kendrick Lamar, Faith Evans, Keyshia Cole, and Rick Ross, among others.More Like PINK - Bad Colours