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DJ V From CHICAGO You are easily one of the greatest music discoveries I've made this ENTIRE millenium. This album is all heart and soul. PLEASE come back with something new ASAP. I'll be waiting,...?! Favorite track: Move On.
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AZRA Sound This is my album of 2017. On song is better then the other...
Sound quality is not the best, but the music is great! Favorite track: The Travelling Song.
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Phil Cooper Colour is stunning... always moves me when I hear it... Favorite track: Colour.
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Daniel Schmitt A beautiful album with many many great songs. Recommended! Favorite track: Night Gospel.
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mengesdesign Spring at Last, Night Gospel, The Traveling Song, Many Signs, and the title track are stunning, layered beauties that get better with every rotation. Love the subtle electronica textures, the additional vocals on "Spring..." and "Traveling...". And those final 56 seconds of Live Your Life are infectiously fantastic. Great work, Pete. Favorite track: Many Signs.
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Open your eyes, look around you Feel the breeze on your face and breath in Find the day, find it as it is Find the beauty of spring rush in
Mistress 04:11
Peace of mind she gave me I just want to sleep at night and not worry Rest my mind As she puts me in dreams for a while Charms me with lies She’s a mermaid, a mistress, and time She’s all mine Take my arms and scold me I will fall down to my knees and praise thee So much beauty As you tempt me away from my life Resist you I might But one so pretty and shiny and bright You delight Take my soul, so heavy Twist it, stir it and make me happy Save my mind Are you a devil, a sinner of kinds Don’t leave me behind With your exit the story will die And we will fade in time
Night Gospel 04:21
Was it you, or was it me Did I let this situation slip away unnoticed What to say, and what to do Did I fall or walk as a willing subject of loves sweet way And we could be flying high right now And we could be seeing all around And we could be flying high right now Into the light
Move On 05:10
If you think it’s stormy now Better look before you walk on over Times before we’ve found Your body, mind, it all takes over If you think your catching cold Better rest a while and try recover If the feeling just won’t go.. Move on, move on, move on I won’t lie to you I’m sad Cause I always thought we had a future A lot of fun was had But there’s only so much I can give you In some way’s I want to leave this place But I’ve found so much of me is in here As it’s not the same for you my dear.. Move on, move on, move on I’m still your man Till my heart as given itself over Till my head, my mouth, my hands, Have found the strength to dare to wonder Wonder are there anymore Cause my soul will one day search for another And at that time.. I’ll move on, move on, move on
Live your life, live it well
I would follow you home But you don’t know the way to go home I would follow you home But you don’t know the way to go home I’ll go take the low road And you go take the high road I will go my own way And you, you go yours We will see where we all end up in time Maybe then we’ll know just how we played it and why Conscience does take our minds, don’t worry I do often check mine It’s not this one you want to concentrate on, I’m fine And some day I’m gonna fly, fly, fly Off to see the world There’s such a lot of world to see I’ll go chase the rainbow Take me to that warm glow I will find my own way And you, you’ll find yours
Hope 06:31
Hope, by Emily Dickinson Hope is the things with feathers that perches in the soul Sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all And sweetest in the gale is heard, and sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird that kept so many warm I’ve heard it in the chilliest land, and on the strangest sea Yet never in extremity, it asked a crumb of me
Taking on life as it comes Taking it in all the wrong ways one can Living out days and nights Running in reckless circles and tighter lines Running in series Running in parallel Running from me Running from yourself Whether to fly, or fight Meeting so many no ones, so many times Knowing that love will come Whether it’ll land on your doorstep or make you run Running in series Running in parallel Running from me
Many Signs 04:07
Many signs of a leaving lover But you fool yourself blind Letting go isn’t easy either But for you it is time You seem to know his mind And I’m sure you’re, you’re not really As unaware as you seem For now you’re happy just to be with him Chorus She’ll find happiness in someone else’s arms I hope she does, for all her charms.. Amount to more than you know So take a moment to realize what you’ve got now before it’s gone Chorus So you better kick that love Why can’t you see that you are blind to the signs Girl use some of the sense that you are blessed with
It’s gonna be somethin good It’s gonna be poetry you see It’s gonna be somethin sweet Now you really got me You look at the stars Bathed in the white light that’s shining out from them While we, closer to be, we’re solid and free Bound and on the road ascend And the way that you can take me up to dizzy highs You know it feels like you are the one Chorus I lay in my room, feeling the new, feeling cupids smile descend Please don’t wait, renew in us now, cause I know we found something with a worthy end So I never really had the chance to get to know At the time but when eventually your colour’s showed It don’t take much to see the truth, all the strings I had I used And whatever joy I found before I got in you, and I want you to know
Colour 05:39


A heartfelt, genre-bending combination of jazz, soul, pop, and electro, UK singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pete Josef releases his debut album “Colour” this fall via Sonar Kollektiv

The title Pete Josef picked for his debut full-length just couldn’t be more appropriate: Like a found collection of analogue photographs, sepia-tinged and covering some beautiful, intense trip, the essence of “Colour” indeed lies in its manifold shades and hues, the colourfully rich and warm soundscapes the singer, songwriter and producer presents throughout the album. At home in various genres – from jazz to soul, from downbeat to outright pop –, Pete Josef just knows how to capture the warm glow of different spheres, how to present this special kind of light in various unique frames: “Colour” is comprised of 11 sonic snapshots, and one can tell right away how deeply personal they are, how much room he’s given these ideas to mature over time.

Prior to releasing his first EP in September 2015, also called “Colour,” Pete Josef, who cut his teeth in Bristol’s buzzing music scene, already shared stages with musical greats such as Roni Size and Kelis. A few years back he formed The White Lamp, a duo with Darren Emerson (Underworld), and their single “Make It Good” turned out a proper club hit. After Berlin-based Sonar Kollektiv licensed the track in 2012, Josef joined many of the label’s artists in the studio, contributing both vocals and his unique songwriting skills to tracks by Alex Barcks, Paskal & Urban Absolutes, Marlow, and Sascha Braemer. His most recent collaboration with ComixXx, “Broken Connection,” acclaimed by German Noisey/Vice, exudes the same kind of warmth and intimacy as his forthcoming full-length.

Although the singer, who currently lives in a cottage in rural Somerset, says that nature is indeed a huge inspiration, “Colour” isn’t about physiographical details at all: Joined by a dozen friends, various drummers, double bass and wind players, he deals with emotional states, sentiments both good and bad, though one can tell that he never gives up hope for an even brighter, more colourful future. What’s more, Josef’s certainly no purist: He effortlessly blends jazz and his very own, shape-shifting take on pop, and when it’s time for some soul flavours, there’s not even a hint of irony, no cool façade – which makes him sound like an artist from the sixties or seventies rather than some hip post-R&B kid.

The combination of pure, heartfelt bliss, mixed with dashes of melancholy and nostalgia, is already in the air on album opener “Spring At Last”: piano loops, soon underpinned by bass, live drums, strings, while Pete and his vocal guest Marie Lister (who sings on five tracks) praise the “beauty of spring”. After his majestic “Mistress,” all horns and stadium-ready, almost crooner-type pop, “Move On” is another one about relationships: “I won’t lie to you I’m sad,” he confesses over playful guitars and sweet rim-shots.

Completely self-penned, self-recorded and produced, Pete Josef heads into many different sonic spheres over the course of “Colour”’s 11 tracks: There’s introspective, night-time minimalism (“Night Gospel,” “Running In Series”) and exuberant vocal jazz – the bossa-fuelled “Travelling Song,” for example, and his mantra-like “Life Your Life” (his advice: “live it well”) –, and there’s also a track like “Hope,” epically arranged and based around a poem by Emily Dickinson: At first, his stunning voice has plenty of room for itself, until the track spreads its wings and takes off majestically like some composition by The Cinematic Orchestra.

And yet, this voice sounds altogether different on “Many Signs,” almost like a latter-day Stevie Wonder, until he once again shows his love for beats on the tropically hot “Something Good”. The album ends with pure bliss – the title track “Colour”: “Wonder why/walking through flowers/it makes me high.” It’s true and soothing: Beauty lies in simple things.
It’s easily the soundtrack to this year’s Indian summer: “Colour” refracts and pools the warm afterglow of many years, and it burns brighter with each listen.


released October 23, 2015

All songs written by Pete Josef, except Live Your Life, written by Roshan Wijetunge, Justin Fellows, Rory Francis, Marie Lister and Pete Josef.


Drums: Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11, Justin ‘Captain’ Fellows.
Track 4, Greg Freeman
Percussion: Tracks 5, 6 and 10, Rory Francis
Double bass: Tracks 5 and 11, Roshan ‘Tosh’ Wijetunge
Track 2, Si John
Track 4, Jon ‘Shorty’ Short
Section horns: Saxes on tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 & 7, Ben Plocki
Tenor Sax tracks 1 and 7, John Pratt
Trumpet on tracks 1 and 2, and solo on Hope, Nick Malcolm
Trumpet on track 2, Jonny Bruce

Backing / additional vocals:
Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6 and 10, Marie Lister

Violin and Viola: Track 1, Emma Hooper

All other instruments, vocals and programming, Pete Josef.

All tracks produced by Pete Josef.

All tracks mixed by Greg Freeman, except for 3 and 11, mixed by Paul Corkett.

Product management by Oliver Glage.
Mastered by Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
Artwork by Frohe Zukunft Export.

Exclusively licensed from PETE JOSEF.

(P) & (C) 2015 Sonar Kollektiv. SK306CD/illicity. LC01200. GEMA. Made in the EU. All rights reserved.


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Pete Josef Bristol, UK

Pete Josef has always been a soul boy at heart, but his Multi-instrumental skill's have led him into some interesting situations.  He has for years been recording and playing live with with Roni Size and Reprazent, and fronts and co-produces the lo-fi house duo White Lamp with Darren Emerson (underworld). As album two is already bubbling in his mind, his focus now will be his new live trio. ... more

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