Antony Szmierek knows that communication essentially boils down to words and music.
A word-of-mouth hero in his native Manchester, he melds together spoken word lyricism with hip-hop, adding in a dash of soul for good measures. Literate and worldly wise, he also packs a punch – there’s romance, there, but also grit.
New EP ‘Poems To Dance To’ is out on October 28th, and it represents a neat encapsulation of his methodology. The project is led by superb new single ‘Working Classic’, matching his word play to aspects of UKG.
Digging into a classic UK sound, ‘Working Classic’ is a point where Antony’s approach merged with music, his two loves sparking into one. He explains: “It has these hyper specific references but also these ambiguous, gut-punch universal truths that come in when you’re starting to have too much of a good time. The UKG influence is there to amp up the nostalgia.”
A fantastic starting point, ‘Working Classic’ feels like life in the UK right now – under grey skies, fighting to survive, but somehow managing.
Tune in now.
Photo Credit: Alexandra Barbareau