UK Band BAD SOUNDS Share New Single Featuring Ruti       

August 23, 2021 BY Nettwerk

Today Bad Sounds are back with an immersive new offering “You Move Backwards” featuring incredible neo-soul artist Ruti who is very much a one to watch.

Over the last year, genre-bending Bad Sounds have perfected the art of collaboration, even during lockdown, when they penned a song with rising neo-soul artist Ruti.  Sharing a little more on how the song came to be, the band explained: “We kept writing songs that we thought were really special and really beautiful, and then we’d trample all over that beauty by trying to sing on them ourselves. But it was a HUGE game changer for us when we worked with BROODS on ‘Move Into Me’.

All of a sudden, we realized that we could work with other artists we love, and really elevate these songs, turning them into something we always hoped they could be. Then when we met Ruti, we were already fans of hers, but weren’t prepared for how she would transform ‘You Move Backwards’ into something wayyyy better than what we could have imagined. Her enthusiasm and just all-around loveliness is truly infectious, and we can’t wait to work with her again asap!”

After hearing Ruti’s beautiful track “My Sunrise,” the band fell in love with her effortless vocals and reached out to see if they could collaborate. Ruti proved to be a natural choice and she fully connected with the lyrics straight away, expounding further Ruti shares: “Even after the first time of hearing the song I really felt like I could see myself in both perspectives. For whatever reason sometimes we find ourselves in situations or places and routines that are no longer right for us, we might not even realize it. But sometimes because of fear, comfortability and not knowing even knowing where you would start to move forward, you can just get stuck and overwhelmed. It’s hard watching someone you know go through that as well.”

The Bristol-based band cut their teeth in the collaboration world only this year with their gorgeous single “Move Into Me” that featured New Zealand’s critically-acclaimed two-piece duo, BROODS. The track was warmly met with a tastemaker mark of approval, with press support from the likes of DIY, Dork, and The Line of Best Fit, whilst at radio Jack Saunders, Annie Mac, and Greg James at Radio 1 each playing the song, and Shaun Keavney made the song his Tune of The Week on 6 Music.

Although features on their own music is a new concept for Bad Sounds, they’ve already created a hub for collaboration in their Bristol studio (in an ex-prison cell no less), where they’ve had their finger on the pulse collaborating with lots of important new acts coming through, including Arlo Parks (co-writing and producing track “Bluish” off her debut album) and others like Devon, Max Pope, VC Pines, Rose Gray, and LCYTN.

“When we started Bad Sounds we always dreamed that it would be a collaborative project, where we’d meet a bunch of like-minded musicians and write songs together, and our friends would feature on our music” says Callum. “But we had a lot to learn before we were able to reach that point. We really couldn’t have made something like this 2 years ago.”

Bad Sounds are the Merrett brothers, Callum & Ewan, who together are a hybrid of interests & influences that have merged together to create a sound in which you hear elements comprising loose record store genres like hip-hop, rock, electronica, and traditional pop, they cite Gorillaz, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, Madonna and A Tribe Called Quest as makers of some of their favorite records.