Globally renowned duo Yolanda Be Cool release ‘No More Sorrow’ on Sweat It Out, transforming a 60s soul vocal into the feel-good anthem we all need right now! Well-versed in the art of sampling, Yolanda Be Cool continue to light up a dance-floor with their re-imagined hits, sharing “we love taking old songs that people either don’t know, or at least, don’t know well, and recontextualising them in a way that shines light on how good the original was but also, opens up the original to a new audience”. ‘No More Sorrow’ seamlessly combines a heavy-hitting, grooving bassline with nuanced piano chords, which explodes into a warm synth pattern and is all topped off by the grandiose R&B vocal stylings from Irma Thomas’ 1964 classic hit.
The duo follow up the release with an avant-garde video clip, created by Sydney-based directors Rob Norman (World Surfing League, Red Bull) and Nick Sullivan (Boy George, Sweater Curse). The rapid-cut video draws on themes from post-dramatic theatre, uses eclectic props, and stars Andrew Stanley (of Yolanda Be Cool) who is in a world of his own. Making the video clip more compelling are various nuances, with the picture frames and statues coming to life and Andy’s head blowing off.
Sharing their excitement for the release of the upbeat re-make, the duo detail, “When we came across ‘Breakaway’ by Irma Thomas – from 1964 – we couldn’t believe that it hadn’t been a huge hit back then nor could we believe that until now, it hadn’t been sampled. We were lucky enough to be able to test it for many months prior to lockdown and saw its “instantness” on the d-floor so we are super stoked to have it finally coming out on our beloved Sweat It Out.”
Nick Sullivan discusses the artistic intention for the clip, “We wanted to show a man trying to overcome his inner turmoil with the help of his shoulder angel (Michael Gislaine) in a quirky and hypnotic way. It’s all too late though and he’s ‘left town’ so to speak, all alone with no more sorrow. We also wanted to emphasize movement in every shot to complement the upbeat track and make you want to move/dance.”
Well-respected for creating uplifting, dance-floor ready house music, Yolanda Be Cool quickly rose to fame with the release of their diamond selling, worldwide number 1 hit ‘We No Speak Americano’. Since then, the pair have released a steady stream of high calibre records, with multiple international successes over the years including platinum record-selling record – ‘Sugar Man’ as well as ‘From Me To You’, and ‘Soul Makossa’. More recently, they have continued to impress fans with releases such as ‘Space Jam’ and ‘Dance and Chant’ which scored a plethora of spins from the likes of BBC Radio 1, triple j and SiriusXM, as well as support from Magnetic Mag and YourEDM.
‘No More Sorrow’ is out now via Sweat It Out.
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