Eve Alai drops cross-continental collab with Arjun Ratwatte and Madaid on tropical funk bop “Summer”
“Melancholic nu disco meet nu garage vibes lay over a modern house groove, with sultry pop vocal top lines and stabs reigning through. Think of a slowed down two-step remix of a vocal banger from the early two-thousands, this Asian collaboration has done a bit of digging around to carve their sound.” - Mixmag Asia
FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY - Singapore-based electronic artist Eve Alai teams up with UK based artist Arjun Ratwatte and Sri Lankan producer Madaid on the laid-back jam “Summer”—out on all digital platforms worldwide this 26 Feb 2021 via Umami Records.
A much-welcomed departure from Eve Alai’s deep house numbers, “Summer” strikes gold with the sound of California sunset coasting through fizzy, retro-funk arrangements and feel-good tropical vibes.
By now, it’s clear that Eve Alai wants to concoct the perfect summer anthem for long drives, and on his latest track, he achieves this feat by writing an earworm of a hook around Warren G’s beloved classic ‘Regulate,’ and infusing guitar chords to the mix. The acclaimed producer adds, “I wrote the first verse, then the chorus and immediately had Arjun in mind so we got talking about collaborating on the track. He wrote the second verse and the writing was complete, but I felt that the production was missing the last bit of oomph it needed.”
Sri Lankan producer Madaid completes the foundation built by Eve Alai and Arjun Ratwatte, and instills his production style for a warmer sound. For his part, Madaid switched out the kick drum, and brought the entire track to life by adding his inimitable touch. “It was a very smooth process for me as we all work on Ableton, so we just sent one project file back and forth between the three of us,” Madaid shares. “I believe that silence is the canvas we musicians paint on, and that was my thought process when approaching this track.”
The cross-cultural collaboration took place within the three artists’ respective studios in Singapore, UK and Sri-Lanka. According to Arjun, they have been working on this project since November 2020, and that all participating musicians brought their own flavours and dropped it in a melting pot. “It’s a fulfilling feeling now that song is out! Our comfort zones in terms of genre are worlds apart between the three of us. Finding that middle ground was the beauty of this record.”
Eve Alai, Arjun Ratwatte and Madaid’s “Summer” is out everywhere at this link: https://www.umamirecords.sg/summer/
About Eve Alai
Singapore based electronic producer-songwriter Eve Alai makes dance music fused with timeless melodies, designed to give listeners a sonic experience that will move them emotionally and physically. Eve Alai’s sound is the sound of summer - parties, road trips with friends, and the beach.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Eve Alai completed his degree in music at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. His 6-track debut EP will be released in early 2021