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Coldcut Are Back with Their First New Music in Ten Years, “Only Heaven”

The Roots Manuva-featuring single will also re-launch their Ahead of Our Time label.

by Krystal Rodriguez
07 October 2016, 7:19am

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Ninja Tune founders and seminal UK DJ-production duo Coldcut have released their first new single in ten years, "Only Heaven."

The duo of Matt Black and Jonathan More last released original music back in January 2006 with their fifth studio album, Sound Mirrors, which featured a guest appearance from English artist Roots Manuva on the track "True Skool."

Fast forward a decade and the two parties have linked up yet again for "Only Heaven," which also showcases production from With You. member Dave Taylor (aka Switch) and masterful bass-work from Brainfeeder mainstay Thundercat. The single will also re-launch Coldcut's other label, Ahead of Our Time, which housed the duo's material before they founded Ninja Tune in 1990.

"Only Heaven" embodies the saying "not everything that glitters is gold," its ostensibly twinkling melody dripping with sadness like a music box slowly winding through its last notes. A heart-wrenching chorus complete with eerie croons, and Roots Manuva's somber lyrical content give it a moody beauty that will please your ears but might also put tears in your eyes. Listen to it below.