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Top Cat Collective

Top Cat Collective are a six-piece funk and hip-hop group hailing from the South East. Their refreshing take combines the groove-based stank of The Meters and Parliament Funkadelic with the forward thinking aesthetic of J Dilla, D’Angelo and Georgia Anne Muldrow.

Having met at music college, the group boasts both Chris Hutchings (Black Gabanza) and Harriet Langley (London Contemporary Voices) on lead vocals, with Olly Knight-Smith (guitar), Alex de Lacey (keys), Ben Killick (Bass) and Conor Williams (drums) completing their line-up.

Their sophomore release Ways To Move came out in September 2017. It was produced by Phil Scragg (Robert Plant, Corinne Bailey Rae), and has artwork from Total Refreshment Centre’s Raimund Wong. The project was launched to a sold-out crowd at London’s Rye Wax and they have since been touring the record across the UK, with a headline show at Spice of Life (with support from PYJÆN) and a main stage slot at El Dorado Festival amongst this summer’s highlights.

They have just released a live video of ‘Carlitos’ shot at their sold out show at the Trinity Theatre in their hometown Tunbridge Wells and are finishing the summer with a bang, with back-to-back shows at Calverley Park’s Local and Live Festival and Pizza Express Jazz Club in Maidstone.

This winter sees them return to the studio to record a follow up to Ways To Move. Watch this space!

Praise for Top Cat Collective:

‘Take 30 minutes of Top Cat collective twice daily to turn yourself in to a funk guzzling groove beeg. Love it.’ – Pete Bennie, Speaker’s Corner Quartet.

‘This (Rascal Bud) is practically falling off the back of the beat and poking the previous in the nose!’ – Guy Harris, Drummer.

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