We love to see it when members of our favorite groups branch out and do their own thing. From The Temptations and The Supremes to Destiny’s Child and The Internet, there’s a certain creative freedom that comes with going at it solo. The debut EP from GRAMMY-nominated multi-instrumentalist and producer Simon Mavin captures this type of liberated artistry. Widely known as the keyboardist for Australian jazz/funk band Hiatus Kaiyote, Mavin pushes past the boundaries of genre with the two-single project Good Hair Day/Only You & Me.
The project features the two original tracks and two remixes and was recorded at the Grove, a small recording sanctuary in Melbourne. “Good Hair Day” gets things off to a vibrant start with its lively soundscape and dazzling keys. Nick Lam and Henry Hicks contribute spirited guitar work and a driving bassline respectively, creating a groove brilliantly made for the dance floor. Harvey Sutherland’s remix keeps the party going and speeds things up a bit by adding a touch of cosmic energy and intricate synth work.
The second half of the EP lingers in the intergalactic space with a slightly slower tempo on “Only You & Me”, driven by Nick Martyn’s mesmerizing percussion. The stripped-down remix, crafted by Melbourne trio Close Counters takes a more syncopated approach by staggering the beats while keeping some of the original elements. Overall, the full project offers something for everyone and provides the perfect soundtrack for warm weather and fun in the sun.
Simon Mavin’s Good Hair Day/Only You & Me EP is the unexpected summer jam session we didn’t know we needed. His solo debut on Bastard Jazz is an exciting addition to 2023’s rich soundtrack.