Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer re:tract is starting his year as he means to go on, building on his burgeoning reputation as one of the most eclectic producers around. On the 5th of March he added to his blossoming discography, joining forces with vocalist Iora to release new single “Waiting.”
Accompanied by two remixes and a second single “Need You,” the masterful re-works of ‘Waiting’ come courtesy of Poisonous Birds & BUMPY. Whilst both tracks are entirely unique in their sound, they both share the seamless ability to sustain the energy and feeling of euphoria that the original track has, not tampering too much with the already standout vocals.
“Waiting” showcases re:tract’s masterful production and engineering abilities, providing the perfect musical backdrop for Iora’s stunning vocals. With an authentic passion and humanity always a driving force in his music, this release is no exception. The depth of sound, coupled with effortless vocal capabilities of Iora make the release a standout collaboration.
Plenty has been said about the murky details of modern music making – a world of endless ghost writers, production bootcamps, artists operating as curators. That couldn’t be further from the truth with an artist like re:tract, an artist whose music is so profoundly personal. By Setting no limitations in style or instrumentation, re:tract (producer Matt Gill) has crafted a package with a dense soundscape to lose yourself in, with tracks that incorporate elements of downtempo, ambient and trip-hop. On creating the new release, he added:
“I’ve wanted to work with Iora for a little while since both performing for BBC Introducing in Manchester for their live streams. Her vocal lends to electronic music incredibly well as proven by her own productions. After writing something a little more upbeat with more of a rolling drum groove, I knew Iora’s vocal would be the perfect complement.
I think some of the track stems from the frustrations of lockdown. For me, especially the bass and drum beat, it portrays some of that.”
After racking up national support from Mary Anne Hobbs at BBC 6 Music, Huw Stephens at BBC Introducing and John Kennedy at Radio X, re-tract’s sonic offerings are now being heard on a global scale, including spins at New World Order Radio in Moscow too. This is an exciting new chapter in his career, and he’d love every single one of you to join him.
Listen to the full release here