Premiere: Friendless and Jannah Beth complement strengths in Swerve
The quick-paced, club-centric number balances both sides for a vocal-infused classic.
Friendless and Jannah Beth are two names we've been keeping an eye on for a while now. With multiple long-form releases and a couple of singles littering 2018 and the beginning of 2019, the former has stepped forward as one of our club scene's most forward-thinking and driven, uniting pulsing club beats with sampling - or vocals - that cut through, finding sound suitable for both late nights and mid-mornings. The latter, however, is a quickly-blossoming singer-songwriter recognisable from her work with Ribongia and her 2018 single In Bloom; her voice capable of adapting to whatever beat she's soaring over the top off - R&B, tribal-electronica, moments more pop-centric or clubby, or whatever else.
On Swerve, the two sides meet, complementing each other's strengths as soulful vocals meet thick productions; twinkling synth melodies and jarring percussive smashes somehow finding common ground amongst Jannah's hazy, cut-through vocal. It targets a side of club music often left criminally ignored, with the injecting of vocals only making Friendless' production more versatile and open to any situation. "I wanted to do something weird that took people by surprise, sorta like when Kanye speaks but still as true to the Friendless vibe as possible," the producer says on the single. "Jannah and I basically designed a 70s lounge bar that suddenly transforms into a sweaty nightclub without warning." Dive into it below:
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