South London Neo-soulstress ADANNAY is back today with a tune for the sunshine, bringing together influences from Pop to RnB to her Caribbean Folk and Gospel roots. SUMMERTIME combines thoughtful narrative lyricism about a summer romance with a driving dance beat. Take a listen and press + to your summer playlist…
We asked ADDANAY for a bit more insight into the single…
“What inspires me most when writing is the story and the narrative of the song. In SUMMERTIME’s case I wanted to write a song that sounds like one emotion but conveys another. Summertime is about the fear of unrequited love, and being unsure if someone is going to remember you in a years time. The middle eight and post chorus kind of allude to that, almost pleading that they will ‘find me’ in the Summertime. It’s been a really tough year, from COVID to the BLM movement that I’ve been really passionate about. But when Fraser and Takooree first sent over the demo of the track I instantly thought of summer and wanted to write something people could vibe to, a little slice of happiness, even in lockdown.”ADANNAY speaking to n-eight about SUMMERTIME
Written by Adannay and Fraser Bernstein, produced by Takooree, and mixed and mastered by Sam Brown (Courdaroy Brown), the tune has already been picked up by BBC Introducing and Reprezent.
With a sound that crosses the boundaries of genres like “alternative pop and Neo/soul” and influences from “artists that cross over those genres from NAO, Mahalia and Lianne la Havas to Jess Glynne and Jill Scott”, ADANNAY’s love of “old school funk and soul… comes through a bit too!”
“I’ve been into music since before I could talk! My Grandmother started the Caribbean Folk Company and every Friday night the group ( made up of my parents, family and family friends) would rehearse and record Caribbean folk tunes till the early morning. Telling stories through music became a really important part of my songwriting from there. I make music because I love making people feel something and using a mix of music and lyrics to make people listen closer to try and really get what the song is trying to tell them. I think it’s great to have songs you just bop to, but I think it can be special when there’s a hidden message or an unusual perspective.”ADANNAY speaking to n-eight
ADANNAY has told n-eight that another single, Off My Mind, will be released in “the very near future”, but until then, make sure you check out SUMMERTIME and follow ADANNAY on Instagram.