UK producers SUPER-Hi and NEEKA drop transportive EP Following The Sun—an optimistic but poignant collection of tracks made to evoke a sense of freedom. Combining the intricate production skills of SUPER-Hi (George Tizzard and Rick Parkhouse) with the dreamy vocals of singers NEEKA (Negin Djafari and Katy Tizzard), the EP swirls with happiness and hope.
Opening with title track “Following The Sun,” the collaboration gives us a moment of peace drenched in a summery synth-tinged soundscape and honeyed vocals. It then leads straight into a variety of remixes taking the haziness of the original track injecting twists of musicality that transform the mood in an instant.
Each remix thrums with positivity, moving us effortlessly through the world in short bursts of escapism cushioned by intricate sonics. From the danceable beats of the Diego Druck remix to the slowed, hypnotic lull of the Monte Fino remix and power-packed Nick Peters remix, the versatile musicians come together to explore their full range of musicality.
Two new remixes, the tropical-influenced Supermini and the intense rave-tinged Choomba, stand out as highlights of the collection which also features a stripped-back, acoustic version as well as a feel-good instrumental alternative. Where the former shines a light on NEEKA’s husky vocals, the latter drives home the anthemic quality of the original “Following The Sun.”
Imaginative and with a singular goal to “make people happy,” SUPER-Hi and NEEKA wrap up the unique production with something new, delivering a demo of emotive offering “Strangers On A Train,” injecting a sense of finality yet gives us a glimpse of what to expect in the future.
Showcasing simple but powerful songwriting skills that layer over expertly produced soundscapes, the creative prowess of both acts blend seamlessly, blurring the confines of genre in a musical journey that captures summer within its lilting notes.
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