Since emerging in 2014 with their Australian Music Prize-winning debut ‘Raw x Infinity’, REMI have clocked up a number of stellar collaborations, including with fellow AMP winner Sampa The Great, Manchester’s R&B/Soul singer [ K S R ] and Jordan Rakei on their triple j feature & ARIA nominated sophomore album: ‘Divas and Demons’. As well as performing their own sold-out headline tours and world-class festivals, REMI have also shared the stage with Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Vic Mensa, De La Soul, Joey Bada$$ and a bunch more.
Remi on ‘Elevate’: “This song is more about the feeling than the content. When Sensible J made the beat, the whole neighbourhood I was living in was obsessed with all things Parliament. Bootsy, Zapp, Bernie Worrell, Brides of Funkenstein, Redman’s Dare iz a Darkside, Georgia Anne, Dudley Perkins etc. I feel like all of that just exploded out of me and with some help with the arrangement from J, we were able to pay homage to those that came before us.”
Bumping into ‘Get It Right’, the second single presents a masterclass in balancing softer, intricate elements with heavier raps and punching attitude. A perfect culmination of the REMIsound, the beautifully constructed jazz and funk-driven melodies are merged with hard-hitting flows and Remi’s feverish yet fluid wordplay. Between formidable verses,
Jace XL’s huge soul choruses colour the space, any cracks filled by shimmering keys and saxophone. The soundtrack mirrors lyrical sentiments in strength, work, determination and laying it all out on the table to show where they’ve been and where they’ve come today.
Remi continues: “If ‘Elevate’ is an example of expression and fun, ‘Get it Right’ is what it takes to have that fun. This song is the last song on our album. It’s a reflection. On our desires, our drive, our fear and our insecurities. The journey of maintaining inner strength and working tirelessly until you get it right. Jace captured this so perfectly you probably didn’t even need to hear from me and as per usual it was an honour working with him. Sensible J once again on production with a little help from Silent Jay on the sax.”
The double release follows the duo’s heated returning single ‘5.A.M.’ and hip-hop ballad ‘Brain’, both synonymous with the REMI sound while stemming from the vast differing corners of their repertoire. Each song’s multi-layered components shine a light on the duo’s iconic brand of hip-hop, soul and R&B on full display in forthcoming LP. After waiting four years for their next full length, ‘Fried’ will enter the world this April not only as a representation of their continued growth, but also a tribute to over 8 years of friendship, trust and magic that exists between this incomparable pairing. With ‘FRIED’ just around the corner, 2020 is shaping up to be another huge chapter in the REMI story.