Steam Down have released their incredible debut EP, Five Fruit, which is available now on Decca and features the focus track, ‘Can’t Hold Me Back’.
The hugely influential London collective previewed the project with much-loved singles like ‘EMPOWER’ and ‘Free My Skin II’, ahead of today’s EP release. Steam Down head out on the road in November, with their legendary, weekly Deptford club-night also back each Wednesday at Matchstick Piehouse.
Five Fruit is an expansive and ambitious EP that perfectly speaks to the power of Steam Down. Each song, according to founder Ahnansè, is a fruit for the spirit, and a means of emotional transformation.
Listen to ‘Can’t Hold Me Back’ by Steam Down on the Shoot Music New Releases Playlist on Spotify.
From the self-fulfilling strength of ‘EMPOWER’ to the more reflective ‘Untie’ (about self-love and agency in the face of everyday loneliness), Five Fruit closes on SD-Weekly-favourite ‘Can’t Hold Me Back’: a raucous combustion of all the emotions accessed by the listener throughout the Five Fruit journey.
Featuring Tinyman and Afronaut Zu with the addition of wordsmith Shumba Maasai, ‘Can’t Hold Me Back’ fuses together the African-London synergy which so naturally underpins the heat of Steam Down’s identity whilst – alongside Five Fruit as a whole – truly taking the group to a whole new level.
Introducing Five Fruit today, Ahnansè says, “’It Takes A Village’ says the ancient African proverb, and this project couldn’t have come into fruition without The Steam Down Village. The knowledge, advice, talents and energy of so many amazingly beautiful people are the unseen pillars that this body of work rests upon.”