Ever wonder what would happen if a UK trance producer and jazz trumpeter met an American classical singer and they started working together? Well...meet Josh and Raquel. Once they met, this unlikely duo first formed a trip hop band called State Recall when the two lived in the East End of London. Downtempo, longingly melodic, and deliciously emotive, State Recall was a project about the nature of the upside down aspects of existence - a pre-2012 commentary about the end of days and the birth of a new era. Fast forward a few years and the two began to focus on composing for film projects. Most notably they were flown out to Mumbai, India to work on the Cannes award winning film Gangs of Wasseypur in 2012.
2014 brought with it a need to express a more lighthearted sentiment, and thus Stereo Kela was born, when Josh and Raquel moved to Bristol to focus on live dance music. They wanted to have fun, and uplift people in their music - adding of course a healthy dose of emo by way of Raquel's longing and powerful vocals and Josh's highly emotive and inspired trumpet. As Stereo Kela, Raquel and Josh have played shows up and down the country and BBC Introducing South West picked up their tracks "State of Being", "Inventor", "Let Loose" and "I'm Fire" in 2016-2018. They were so grateful for being received well, and this gave them the boost they needed to write a second album.
Currently working on this new album, Raquel and Josh are giving themselves permission to express a more personal side of their partnership. Modern and strange, groovy and anthemic, this album is launching soon and is not to be missed. Stay tuned for updates and join their mailing list to be on the pulse!
"Formed of vocalist and composer, Raquel Peralta from NYC and UK producer, Josh Childs, hosts and organisers Stereo Kela wrap up the live music. She stands barefoot, centre stage, a mini-goddess with a huge voice in asymmetrical body paint. Their sound is hard to pin down. Skimming disco, trance, and house, it’s undeniably electronic, but I also hear swing, reggae, her operatic training, and there are eerie moments where he blows his trumpet over the beats and she boogies appreciatively. Their set is a spectacle: food for the eyes and soul, as much as the ears. At the end, she raises her hands: ‘We love you so much,’ she announces, and the reverb is still on, and it echoes, and keeps echoing…"
- Catherine Bell of Bristol 24/7, read the full article HERE
"Stereo Kela are just fantastic!Raquel’s voice is incredibly powerful and moving combined with Josh’s musical talent results creates an absolutely fantastic result. Hard to describe but they’ll make you dance. Just go and see them if you get the chance! Thank you both. x" - Tanya Petherick
"Wow! Super impressed and inspired by your performance at Rough Trade Bristol last night xxx Sultry wowness xxx real talent xxx" - Angela Greenheart
"You took me away, you took me away somewhere so unique, thank you so much thank you for performing tonight." - Chris Butterfield
"WOW is all I have to say. If Goldfrapp and Prince had a baby, it would be Stereo Kela." - Club Promoter