SG Lewis shares new track 'Time' ft. Rhye from debut album, times out 19th February 2021


'Time' artwork


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“The producer du jour” – The Guardian
“Absolute monster of a track” – The Sunday Times on 'Impact'
“One of the most sought-after music makers in the game” – Notion
“The soundtrack for the summer most of us are only having in our minds” – Resident Advisor
“Floor-filling, foot-stomping belter” – NME on 'Impact'

Following a string of stellar singles drawn from his forthcoming debut album times, London-based multi-instrumentalist and producer SG Lewis today reveals the album’s opening track ‘Time’ - a soaring disco groove featuring Canadian singer Rhye.

“Time is a song that is central to the album thematically and sonically.” says SG Lewis; “Rhye has one of the most unique and distinctive voices out there, and I’ve been a fan for so long. We wrote the song at Rhye’s studio after watching the sun set in Topanga canyon, a memory which makes this song even more special to me. The beat initially started from a piano loop and a Dennis Edwards sample TEED had started working on with Julian, which I then turned into the instrumental late one night in Nashville.”

“Sam and I first met when he came over to my studio to work on the track.” says Rhye; “He has such great personal energy and a zest for life that it felt natural to work off of that and imbue it into what we were making. I think you can hear the fun in this one.”

‘Time’ is the fourth track to emerge from times, SG Lewis’ upcoming debut album, following the releases of his huge singles ‘Chemicals’, the Robyn and Channel Tres collaborative smash ‘Impact’ and current single ‘Feed the Fire ft. Lucky Daye’. The LP, out 19th February via PMR/EMI Records, finds one of modern pop’s secret weapons stepping out front and centre, as he takes listeners on a voyage through soaring electronic dance and kaleidoscopic future disco, with the help of a few friends along the way.

For his debut, SG Lewis (real name Sam Lewis) has enlisted a blockbuster collection of guests, info of which will be available in due time, as Sam continues a long line of stellar collaborations that have singled him out as one of music’s most sought after producers. Joining Rhye, Robyn and Channel Tres is Lucky Daye, who appears on current single ‘Feed the Fire’, first premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record - Sam’s second track in succession to receive the accolade.

Since its August release ‘Impact’ has proved to be one of the hits of the summer, following a premiere as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 it continued to garner support at the station before landing on the playlist. Its cultural impact was solidified recently with Shea Coulee and Detox creating their own video for the smash hit.

The track followed early summer‘s ‘Chemicals’ which saw Sam behind the mic as well as the desk and was named ‘Tune Of The Week’ by both Clara Amfo and Nick Grimshaw as well as receiving support by Annie Mac. SG Lewis has also recently broken the remarkable milestone of a combined 750 million streams across his catalogue.

Debut album times - markedly stylised in lowercase - arrives after a year when ‘times’ have been few and far between, especially in contrast to a huge 2019 which saw him sell out headline shows across the US, Asia, Australia and Europe as well as appearing at prime slots from Coachella to Glastonbury. It was a string of live experiences that cemented his status as not just one of London’s hottest talents but also a formidable artist capable of making a splash on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.

On the album, Sam says "times is an ode to the present moment. 2020 has shown us that the experiences we took for granted in the past, are never promised tomorrow, and that the opportunity to dance together may not always be there again. After reading about 70’s New York and the birth of Disco, I became infatuated with the euphoria and escapism that the music from that period created, and the safe spaces the clubs at the time provided for people to express themselves. I aimed to create a world musically that captured those same feelings, and to imagine the music that would be playing in those rooms if they were to exist today.”

This is his first collection of songs since the three-chapter concept EP Dusk, Dark, Dawn, which featured Clairo, T.E.E.D., AlunaGeorge and Ruel and served as a tribute to club and youth culture, chronicling the trajectory of a night out through its different moods and genres.

Sam has recently collaborated with Aluna, Victoria Monet, Raye, Ray BLK, The Neptunes/N.E.R.D’s Chad Hugo, Gerd Janson, Conducta and more as well as producing ‘Hallucinate’ on Dua Lipa’s record-smashing album Future Nostalgia and Dave’s ‘100M’s’, proving his worth as one of the most respected and prolific musicians from the UK. Sam’s ever-growing catalogue both as a collaborator and solo work showcases his abilities as an artist capable of working beyond the limits of genre and style with times ready to send his star into the stratosphere in 2021.

Source Satellite 414

December 9, 2020 5:46am ET by Satellite 414  


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