Rudimental are back with the formidable ‘Healing’, a lofty piece of liquid funk that spans over 7 minutes and sees the London collective return to some of their earliest sounds. Featuring Roc Nation’s J Angel on the vocals and released through the group’s own label, Major Tom’s, the track looks set to spread it wings as a transitional cut for between the seasons. It’s a gradual exercise in early-hours dance music, striking a balance between the melodic buoyancy of Rudimental’s best-known work and an underground texture that occupies a sonic landscape much closer to ambient house.
‘Healing’ has been doing the rounds as a white label, as well as being listed as the work of the fictional Major Tom, making a particular stir in Ibiza over the summer. While dedicated fans of the band might have spotted the group’s signature horns as a tell-tale sign, the reveal that Rudimental were indeed the creative force behind the track still comes as a surprise – albeit, an incredibly exciting one. Here we have one of the country’s most versatile acts, reaching deeper into the realms of musical ambidexterity, and doing so with aplomb. What resonates the most, however, is Rudimental’s ability to make unifying music. ‘Healing’ feels as comfortable on the radio as it does in Cafe Mambo; it’s a release that’ll excite the mainstream and dance music periphery alike.
Make no doubt, ‘Healing’ is a huge release, from a massive band. I thought that I hated surprises – I was wrong.
Words by Niall Flynn