South East London’s Russ Chimes has been an unwavering talent as producer, songwriter, remixer, and DJ for the past 7 years now. Every turn as an artist he’s provided us with excellence within his work and the start of 2017 sees no change in form. Premiering yesterday on Clash comes the stunning ‘Drift’ featuring Iris Gold. Listen below:
Four minutes of flawless production and vocal ability, ‘Drift’ is a huge statement of intent from Russ going in to a New Year. With nods to the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead the record carries an eery, ominous tone that arrests the listener from the word go. With pounding drums and immaculate sound-design, Russ sets the perfect backdrop to Iris Gold’s poetic topline. She sings of a constant battle with herself and another that stirs an instant emotive response. Memorable lines such as ‘shoulders holding boulders’ and the repetition of ‘don’t pose, me froze, breath in’ ring in your ear after compulsive repeat listening. ‘Drift’ is a master class in how to captivate your audience.
‘Drift’ is out now on Russ Chimes’ own imprint ‘Uno Mas Records’. Be sure to keep a look out for the video next week, directed by up and coming director Anna Brooks.