Watch out for Hemai. The up-and-coming producer and multi-instrumentalist from Birmingham has shown incredible promise in his still young music career. Following his impressive debut EP Eyes, Closed and his official remix of Oscar Jerome’s “Gravitate,” Hemai (pronounced hee-migh) has found a home in the industry at Tru Thoughts, where he recently released his latest single “Relight.” With sumptuous contributions from vocalists Laura Roy and Woddy Green, the captivating new track shows off Hemai’s unique production style with sleek beats and eclectic influences.
In a statement, Hemai described “Relight” as being, “about rebirth; rebirth from yourself, relationships with others, places and spaces…” The music plays into the theme of change and duality with an arrangement that features an absorbing oscillation of styles throughout. It starts with a laid back groove that features Roy’s glowing vocals careening over an intricately funky bass line before exploding into a double time feel that ratchets up the energy. Green’s stylish delivery offers a welcome variation in the arrangement while Hemai sneaks in some clever, understated techniques and harmonic shifts to keep things fresh. With a savvy handle on production work and a unique stylistic approach, “Relight” is an impressive addition to Hemai’s catalogue and a clear indication of a bright future.