Today sees the release of the latest album from High Focus’s resident hallucinogenics advocate, Jam Baxter. Touching Scenes follows on from last year’s acclaimed Mansion 38 album, which saw Baxter reuniting with Chemo, having scored a previous success together back in 2014 with So We Ate Them Whole. For this album he has chosen to branch out into additional production territory, drafting in some strong names – Last Japan, Sumgii, Sam Zircon and GhostTown – giving the entire project a very different feel to his previous two offerings. It all works brilliantly though, with Baxter’s imagery as dark as ever.
Another difference between Touching Scenes and the Chemo albums is the amount of guests involved. The last two each had a single collab track, involving fellow HF artists but on this new one he draws on diverse talent from various musical realms with the likes of Kate Tempest, Rag’n’Bone Man and Stinkin Slumrok all adding their unique styles to the mix. Rag’n’Bone Man’s feature is one of many high points on the album, with him and OG Rootz (formerly Durrty Goodz) joining Baxter on a suitably grimy beat from Chemo. The video is mad too, with the trio being served a very strange meal by none other than English actor, Perry Benson. The video was made by Broken Antenna. You can stream Touching Scenes in full below, with physicals available from the High Focus store.