BERWYN Demotape / Vega LP LIMITED BLUE VINYL
RELEASE DATE FEBRUARY 12 2021
12” LP Vinyl (translucent pale blue)
"I made Vega from a mattress on the floor of a room I was staying in at the time. All of the stories are factual and all the pain is real. It’s the lottery and the lottery ticket all at once." – BERWYN
Life could have been very different for BERWYN. Having moved to Romford on the outskirts of London at the age of 9, the decade that followed marked a steady escalation of hardship and descent into a life he describes as “like dancing on the edge of a knife”. With his mother in and out of jail, frequent cycles of homelessness and dead-end jobs he decided enough was enough, it was time to move back to his motherland of Trinidad. But not without one last throw of the dice…
Inspired by these trials and adversity BERWYN locked himself in a “shithole flat” and set about recording his debut release DEMOTAPE/VEGA. Fuelled on a diet of toast, weed and insomnia he wrote and produced the 10 tracks that make up the tape in just two weeks, though it distils a lifetime of experiences living on the fringes of London life. It is deeply autobiographical: raw and authentic yet held together with positivity and hope.
BERWYN’s first four singles “GLORY”, “TRAP PHONE”, “017 FREESTYLE” and “VINYL” already introduced him as a vital new voice in British music, picking up accolades from the likes of Complex, GRM Daily, The FADER, Pigeons & Planes, HYPEBEAST and Pitchfork in addition to playlists across the BBCs Radio 1 and 1Xtra. They also saw BERWYN deliver one of the year’s best TV live performances, with a powerful, version of “GLORY” for Later With Jools Holland that aired at the start of the global Black Lives Matter protests, BERWYN adding a new verse that addressed these issues which subsequently led to multiple teachers contacting him requesting the lyrics, so they could be analysed in English classes at school.
But it’s by experiencing DEMOTAPE/VEGA as a whole, just as BERWYN recorded it, that you truly get an understanding of his world. Releasing 12th February on 12” vinyl - it’s both a compelling document of his life so far and an enticing glimpse of what’s to come.
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