Beaty Heart are an upcoming three-piece from London, who have just released a new single and announced their debut album, XYZ.
I’m particularly excited to write about these guys, because I actually saw them live, in London, way back in 2011. I’d never heard of them before, but they were performing at this really cool 360˚ Ron Arad art installation in London. I was blown away at the time, and bought their EP back then. Although they released their debut album in 2014, I admit I hadn’t heard much on the band since seeing them in ’11 – until now.
Flora is a smooth and melodic indie-electro offering, as immersive as it is magnetising, with each phrase sounding different from the last. Although anchored by a heady, echoed beat, the track continues to change with dynamic fluidity, keeping it a really interesting listen from start to end.
The band have said this about the track; “Flora was partly inspired by the Brazilian jazz singer, Flora Purim. We tried to evoke her rich, steamy tones within our own style, as well as exploring improvisational techniques to form the melody of the song. There’s a real analogue-y, stacatto energy to it that we all love, as well as just a dash of filthy bastard. We also incorporated a vocal sample from ‘Bad Bad Boys’, a 90s Swedish rap hit by Midi, Maxi & Efti, heard during a Robyn DJ in Stockholm which we thought was sassy.”
The trio released debut album Mixed Blessings back in 2014, and it’s interesting to see how their sound has progressed and moved in the time since. I’m looking forward to hearing more from these guys!