Sam Frankl – Gold Rush

A former editor at le cool London, Sam Frankl is a published poet who traveled around the world, especially in North and South America while he wasn’t at his own residence, a hundred year old German sailing barge. Recently turned singer/songwriter and musician, a passion he cultivated since he was 14, Frankl has been influenced by the Latin rhythms heards in Colombia, as well as by the words of his idol Jack Hirschman. The result is a single like Gold Rush, which mixes the vivacious sounds of South America with the urban landscapes of London; built around saxophone loop samples and programmed bossa nova beats, the track quickly flows into an obsessive electro-pop melody à la Glass Animals, while the lyrics address housing issues and were inspired by a local case study, Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle (London). “The Heygate Estate was in the process of being demolished. It was once the largest housing estate in western Europe but had fallen into disrepair due to systematic defunding” – Sam recalls. “Eventually only a handful of tenants remained where once 3000 family units had lived. Those tenants refused to leave.

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