In 2019, Keep Cool partnered with creative agency Yours Truly and adidas Originals to bring 80+ vocalists, instrumentalists, producers, songwriters, and the one and only Babyface to a historic mansion in Los Angeles to write, record and build together. After a full week of sessions and 120 songs recorded, Keep Cool/RCA Records is gearing up to release the compilation EP, Songs From Scratch: Volume 1, on June 24th.
“Glory” feat. Mez, VanJess, ICECOLDBISHOP, Ginette Claudette, Gwen Bunn is the first offering from the upcoming compilation EP. Listen here.
Songs From Scratch: Volume 1 is a continuation of the adidas Originals and Yours Truly’s long-running Songs from Scratch series that has produced songs from Chance the Rapper, Kelela, Brent Faiyaz, Kehlani, Ty Dolla $ign, Mura Masa, Danny Brown, and more.
Songs from Scratch curator, Will Abramson says: “Songs from Scratch Vol. 1, is a natural extension of our ambition to put artists into positions where they can make things that surprise them, and us. For 9 years we’ve curated smaller 1:1 pairings but we always wondered: what would happen if we put a whole bunch of artists and producers in one place, took really good care of them and let them run free? We’re grateful to Keep Cool and adidas Originals for helping make that dream a reality.”
Keep Cool co-founder and EVP of A&R at RCA Records, Tunji Balogun says: “We started Keep Cool with the goal of bringing people together in the name of creativity, inclusivity and great art. Partnering with adidas on Creator Camp was a magical opportunity to connect artists from all walks of life in an unfiltered, authentic environment that exemplified the power of music in creating bonds and bringing creatives together.”
The official camp documentary, produced by Yours Truly, is a kaleidoscopic vision of camp, featuring appearances from Babyface, Smino, Ant Clemons, Victoria Monet, Jozzy, Dijon, Umi, Ruel, D’Mile, Xavier Omär, and more. Watch here.
Songs From Scratch: Volume 1 Track List
1 “Glory” feat. Mez, VanJess, ICECOLDBISHOP, Ginette Claudette & Gwen Bunn
2 “Red Velvet Cake” feat. ICECOLDBISHOP, Shy Girls, VanJess, Jesse Boykins III, Tess Henley
3 “Warzone” feat. BiBi Bourelly
4 “Call It A Fix (So High)” feat. VanJess
5 “Thirsty” feat. Mez, ICECOLDBISHOP, Tone Stith, Kennedi
6 “Come Find Me (Mountains)” feat. Charlotte Day Wilson
About Keep Cool
Keep Cool, a Los Angeles-based record label is a creative safe haven for artists and creatives alike, run by a team of multi-talented people from broad walks of life. Founded in 2018 through a joint venture with RCA Records, Keep Cool grew from daydreams and sleepless nights, tireless work and friendships forged in the trenches of time and taste. They came together to build a new label, the dream of kids who listened to too much music, watched too many movies, read too many books, and believed in a world so much bigger than themselves.
About Yours Truly
Yours Truly Creative is a design and story studio based in Los Angeles. We tell stories and design communications for bands and brands we love.
About adidas Originals
Inspired by the rich sporting heritage of adidas – one of the world’s leading sports brands and a global designer and developer of athletic footwear and apparel – adidas Originals is a lifestyle brand founded in 2001. With the adidas archive at its foundation, adidas Originals continues to evolve the brand’s legacy through its commitment to product innovation and its ability to filter the creativity and courage found on courts and sporting arenas through the lens of contemporary youth culture. Marked by the iconic Trefoil logo that was first used in 1972 and championed by those that continue to shape and define creative culture, adidas Originals continues to lead the way as the pioneering sportswear brand for the street.