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“Old Times & Good Wishes” is the new single from acclaimed US emcee River Nelson, where he recounts his early days in the game, sending shouts to the crew he came up with, remembering their innocent love of hip-hop, complemented by suitably nostalgic production from Beat Thief and an ingenious video from director Eric Hudson which weaves video and photos from the 90’s, including classic footage of the Boogiemonsters, to poignantly capture the track’s mood.
This marks River Nelson’s first release with DowntownSoul, ahead of his second album with legendary hip-hop producer Lewis Parker, which they are currently recording in New York; due to be released by DowntownSoul & A World of Dusty Vinyl later this year.
River Nelson will also be performing live at Strawberry Fields Festival in the UK this August Bank Holiday (26th-28th). For more information visit the website at www.strawberryfieldsfestival.co.uk
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River Nelson is a US hip-hop artist with years in the game, after initially appearing on the Boogiemonsters classic “Riders of the Storm” album back in 1994. His debut full-length release last year alongside Lewis Parker, “The Rise & Fall Of River Nelson”, garnered rave reviews in esteemed industry publications such as Blues & Soul, Q Magazine (Q50 – Ones to watch), and even national UK papers The Independent and Daily Mirror. This was followed by a successful guerilla tour of the UK last autumn.
Beat Thief is a London-based hip-hop and soul producer whose previous work includes full-length releases with Wolftown Records’ Manny Moscow (“Russian R3volution” and “The Fusion”), and Poetic Pilgrimage (“Star Women”), as well as tracks with singer Jay Diamond (“The Reasoning”, “Sky High”) and emcee OC Jigga (“Roll with Me”). He’s currently working on forthcoming collaborations with conscious emcee Mohammed Yahya, as well as Canadian emcees LS & Illvibe.
Eric Hudson is a videographer and photographer based in Washington DC who’s worked with a slew of local and national US publications, as well as professional athletes and music performers – notable projects include Heineken Red Star Soul, Nebraska Danger Football, Sirrah Clothing, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA), Sunset International Music Festival, Mosi Design Group and DC Urban Living.
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