Jockstrap release new single Concrete Over Water – watch/stream now
April 11, 2022
London-based duo Jockstrap have today shared their brand new single and video Concrete Over Water, which you can watch or stream now.
The track is another hint at a still-to-come, yet to be announced debut full-length record from Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye which Rough Trade Records will release. The band will be touring throughout 2022, see dates below.
Concrete Over Water received its first national airplay today on the BBC Radio 6 Music Breakfast show, while its video – directed by the band themselves and Eddie Whelan – was shown at a special screening at The Castle Cinema, Hackney on Friday night.
“Concrete Over Water was written on a Summer’s night in 2019 in a flat in Farringdon which was above a pub, and above a train line,” says Commenting on the new single – which comes complete with hugely inventive and ambitious storytelling visuals,” explains Ellery.
“The place hummed when the trains went under. The video was born out of the celestial themes in the song. Eddie and I created the characters (Moongirl, Voyager, Magma Boy, etc.) to explore the feelings of wonder, inspiration and the search for answers, to reflect what the song represents to me.”
Skye adds that single was a seamless, if slightly sweaty, collaboration between the pair.
“I can’t quite remember producing Concrete Over Water,” he explains. “I was living in my auntie’s attic at the time and it was extremely hot. Georgia sent me the demo fully written, then I sent her the song fully produced. That was it.”
When Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye make music as Jockstrap, the process and result has one definition: pure modern pop alchemy.
Meeting in 2016 when they shared the same composition class while studying at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Ellery and Skye founded Jockstrap as a creative outlet for their rapidly-developing tastes. While Ellery had moved from Cornwall to the English capital to study jazz violin, Skye arrived from Leicester to study music production. Both were delving deep into the varied worlds of mainstream pop, EDM and post-dubstep (made by the likes of James Blake and Skrillex), as well as classical composition, 50s jazz and 60s folk singer-songwriters.
The influence of the club and a dancier focus, which was hinted at on previous releases, now scorches through their new material like wildfire. Take the thumping, distorted breakbeats of 50/50 – inspired by the murky quality of YouTube mp3 rips – as well as the sparkling synth eruptions of brand new single Concrete Over Water, as early evidence of where Jockstrap are heading next.
Jockstrap’s discography is restless and inventive, traversing everything from liberating dancefloor techno to off-kilter electro pop, trip-hop and confessional song writing; an omnivorous sonic palette that takes on a cohesive maturity far beyond their ages of only 24 years old. They have cemented themselves as one of the most vital young groups to emerge from London’s melting pot of musical cultures.
Jockstrap have recently caught the attention of Chanel, soundtracking their Fall-Winter 2020/21 Haute Couture collection campaign video, and Stella McCartney, who used 50/50 as the centrepiece her 2022 Paris Fashion Week Winter show.
See Jockstrap live in 2022:
22 Apr | Motel Mozaique Festival, Rotterdam
23 Apr | Paradiso (Small Hall), Amsterdam
26 Apr | District, Liverpool
27 Apr | Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
28 Apr | World Headquarters, Newcastle
30 Apr | Elsewhere, Margate
2 May | Joiners, Southampton
4 May | Jericho’s, Oxford
7 May | Are You Listening Festival, Reading
8 May | MASH, Cambridge
25 May | The Academy, Dublin
26 May | Yellow Arch, Sheffield
28 May | Dot To Dot, Bristol
29 May | Dot To Dot, Nottingham
6 June | Primavera Sound City, Barcelona
17 July | Welcome To The Village Festival, Leeuwarden
24 July | Bluedot Festival, Cheshire
29 Sept | White Hotel, Manchester
30 Sept | Stereo, Glasgow
1 Oct | Mash House, Edinburgh
3 Oct | Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
4 Oct | Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
5 Oct | The Fleece, Bristol
7 Oct | Norwich Arts, Norwich
8 Oct | Patterns, Brighton
10 Oct | Village Underground, London
11 Oct | Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
4 Nov | Club 2 Club Festival, Turin