For months now, beatmaker specialist Ta-ku has been teasing the world with hints at a follow-up to his excellent 2013 LP Songs To Break Up To. Today the genre-bending Aussie finally made it more official than your Facebook-sanctioned relationship, confirming that his next EP is dropping on June 12th–and it’s entitled Songs To Make Up To.
After years of steady rise through the ranks of Soundcloud feeds and mixtape features, Ta-ku has hit a new plane of exposure in recent months thanks in large part to his foray into photography and consistent activity on Instagram. But the man who once spent 50 straight days making beats dedicated to J Dilla hasn’t lost sight of his musical goals, and Songs To Make Up To has been billed as an uplifting piece of work, an emotional counterpoint to the hazy heartbreak that was STBUT.
To whet our appetites, Ta-ku has already released the album’s first single, a lush mid-tempo ballad entitled “Love Again.” With vocal support from Detroit vocalist JMSN and additional production help from Soulection figurehead Sango, the song builds out of tender piano and into a fearsome stomp. It’s loaded with the determination of two lovers set upon each other, and as JMSN’s crooning lines fold and tangle over themselves the bottom drops out into an outro that’s simply perfect. Strings, piano, handclaps and hi-hats all cycle together like heartbeats in sync. “Love Again” is Ta-ku at his very best. Listen to it below.
Songs To Make Up To will be released on Future Classic/Fool’s Gold Records and is available for pre-order on iTunes.