Following her release on Anjunadeep earlier this year, DJ, producer and songwriter Henri makes her return with “Last Dance.” The track is laced with cinematic emotion, with the ethereal Imogen Rose’s piercingly high, haunting vocal hook reminiscent of a war cry. Beginning with a classical, dark, moody piano arpeggio, “Last Dance” constantly vacillates between tension and release, driven by thumping beats, synth stabs, and melodic, percussive builds.
It is both sexual and foreboding, the last dance between two lovers and also our last dance with the world we are so successfully destroying. “The visuals of Lars Von Trier’s film ‘Melancholia’ mirror the sentiment I envisioned when writing the song,” says Henri. “It’s deceivingly beautiful while simultaneously about the end of the world.”
Over the last few years, up-and-coming London-based DJ, Henri has been fine tuning her remixing and production skills, having reached number two on Hype Machine with her melodic house remix of Flight Facilities’ “Two Bodies,” releasing “Sunshine of Your Love” on Armada Deep last year and “Hiding” on Anjunadeep earlier this year.
British electronic duo Solomon Grey have just released their new EP ‘Selected Features’, including critically acclaimed collaborations from Mahaut Mondino, Essa and Eliza Shaddad (already posted here). Get it from itune: http://po.st/K4WXxF
The duo have also just premiered the moving, climactic video for lead track ‘Twilight (Night Mix) feat. Imogen Rose’. The visual is totally gripping and serves up a dramatic dose of reflection on the complexities of addiction.
The hip-hop influenced ‘The West’ with UK hip-hop legend Essa (formally Yungung) was put online earlier this week, it’s well worth a listen:
And finally, to celebrate the release of the ‘Selected Features’ EP, the band will be playing a special live headline show at The Waiting Room on September 15th Tickets are available here: https://tickets.songkick.com/events/24607379
British electronic duo Solomon Grey announce new EP ‘Selected Features’, released via Decca on September 11th.
Understanding London-based duo Joe Wilson and Tom Kingston, aka Solomon Grey, requires ditching the traditional definition of a band. These two can’t be defined by a genre or category; and ‘Selected Features’ is further testament to the artists’ versatile talent as writers, producers & composers.
Each track on the EP involves a collaboration that was initially recorded for their score of BBC / HBO’s The Casual Vacancy but which weren’t released on the ‘Selected Works’ soundtrack in February. Tracks ‘Invisible’ and ‘The West’ in particular are included for release on the EP following popular demand from the viewing public.
The EP includes a brand new, sprawling and dramatic “night mix” of the gorgeous ‘Twilight’, now streaming here. With its cinematic shimmer and deep, swirling atmosphere, this new mix stemmed from an arrangement Solomon Grey created for a live performance at The West Reservoir in April this year. Family friend Imogen Rose features on the track, with Solomon Grey telling how they “were blown away by the beauty and innocence in her vocal and instantly wanted to work with her.”
‘The West’, meanwhile, features Essa; one of the key figures of UK hip-hop’s golden era. Essa’s smooth lyrical flow merges with Solomon Grey’s hip-hop beats and trip-hop soundscapes to, transport the listener through to another side of the band’s varied musical influences.
Elsewhere on the EP is a stunning duet version with Eliza Shaddad of the critically acclaimed ‘Miradors’ and new stand out track ‘Invisible’ that features soulful pop vocals courtesy of Mahaut Mondino. Duet partner Eliza Shaddad is perhaps best known as a vocalist and writer with chart-dominating and Grammy Award winning electronic outfit Clean Bandit. Mondino, meanwhile, has caught the ears and attention of the likes of Noisey and The Fader, who call her “France’s answer to FKA Twigs.”
To celebrate the release of the ‘Selected Features’ EP, Solomon Grey will play a live headline show at The Waiting Rooms on September 15th. Tickets are available here: https://tickets.songkick.com/events/24607379. The EP also has several accompanying remixes including the John Monkman remix of Twilight, which has already picked up Radio 1 support from Skream, Eton Messy & Jonas Rathsman. With a new soundtrack in the pipeline, plans to tour the band and the debut LP set for release early 2016 it’s safe to say Solomon Grey are busy becoming one of the UK’s most vital artists.
‘Selected Features’ tracklisting:
1. ‘Twilight (Night Mix) feat. Imogen Rose’
2. ‘The West feat. Essa’
3. ‘Miradors (Duet Version) feat. Eliza Shaddad’
4. ‘Invisible feat. Mahaut Mondino’