Premiere: Peter Payne and Jay Cooper link up for R&B soother, Cut Me Out

Premiere: Peter Payne and Jay Cooper link up for R&B soother, Cut Me Out

In his first single for 2019, the Perth production heavyweight switches things up once again, keeping us on our toes in the process.

Perth-based producer Peter Payne is someone we've covered a bit in the past before, tracking his evolution and growth as an artist as he moves from low-key, Mura Masa-reminiscent moments of gloominess – like in his Harley Bird-featuring single Say When – to Running Back To You, which saw the vocals of Canadian vocalist Acey meet a versatile production which ranged from oozing R&B to thick, tropical-intertwined trap-rap. He's an artist continually keeping us on our toes production-wise, emerging as an unexpected chameleon of kinds as he swerves between sounds and styles; something he's become known for as somewhat of an institution within the Perth DJ scene, but not really explored in his musical/production output.

Cut Me Out sees this continue, teaming up with Jay Cooper (a quickly-rising LA-via-Sydney musician we've also covered before), for a silky-smooth R&B number that shines with slick, polished feel of Khalid track but done in a unique, individual way. It's stripped back to its bare, emotive roots, with Cooper's vocal taking the spotlight as it swirls above Peter Payne's moody production that takes notes from his trap-rap work in the past – thick bass kicks, twanging percussion, clever vocal sampling – but warps it into a more emotive and lush sound. "I actually started writing Cut Me Out when I was away at work in the outback," he says on the single. "I worked 14 hours straight and I was unwinding to a bit of Soulection radio & I felt super inspired to write a chill vibe piece to help ‘take me away’, so I did and within a couple of hours I had the skeleton to Cut Me Out. Cut Me Out was originally called Problems and had various pitched vocal samples throughout it. I was um-ing and are-ing about what to do with it, but after hearing one of Jay Cooper’s tracks on Soundcloud, I stripped the beat back and approached him for a feature. He was super into the idea and we ended up tying up the track in about a week. It’s amazing how fast you can finish a project when you’re both on exactly the same page. It was a vibe."

Check it out below, before its full streaming release tomorrow.

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