TSHA - Flowers
WRITTEN BY ELLIE CARTER
(DANCE, ELECTRONIC) - 02.12.20
London-based DJ and producer TSHA’s new EP, Flowers, has landed. With dreamy nostalgia, Flowers effortlessly clutches at the life-affirming memories of a summer that once was, while simultaneously looking forward with hope to longer, brighter days.
Hailed as ‘one to watch’ by NME, Mixmag and Radio 1’s Pete Tong to name but a few; TSHA’s latest body of work has undoubtedly lived up to, if not surpassed, these high expectations. TSHA not only demonstrates her achingly cool and understated approach to production, but also enlists a carefully curated team of collaborators to bring her distinctive sound to life.
‘I’m trying to lift myself up’ TSHA told Resident Advisor following the release of the EP’s single, ‘Sister’ - a sentiment echoed across the country against the tumultuous backdrop of 2020. It’s no wonder then that this much anticipated EP has burst on the scene with huge impact, notably featuring as Radio 1’s BBC Introducing Track of the Week on its release. With its chiming synths, dancefloor worthy beats and acid inspired basslines, Flowers offers a much-needed tonic to these long winter nights ahead.
Written during lockdown, TSHA sites her recent discovery of an older half-sister as the catalyst and inspiration behind the EP as a whole and in particular it’s single, ‘Sister’. After connecting both virtually and irl with her newest family member, TSHA told RA that ‘the song is an expression of all those feelings’, epitomised in the heart wrenching lyrics ‘it feels like I’ve just woken up/ I was always waiting for us’.
Flowers is further elevated by the plethora of talented contributing musicians joining TSHA throughout the record. Listen out for the dulcet tones of Gabrielle Aplin on ‘Change’, a million miles away from her breakthrough 2012 John Lewis Christmas advert sync, but no less impressive. Along with this, the dance beats of ‘Demba’ layered with tight percussion courtesy of Trio Da Kali are guaranteed to make you yearn for the sweat soaked dancefloors of days gone by.
The hypnotic vocals featured on ‘Renegade’ come courtesy of South East London based DJ and vocalist Ell Murphy. We were lucky enough to catch up with Ell to find out about her collaboration experience: ‘Writing with TSHA for the Flowers EP was such a natural and organic process’ she told us. ‘She created such beautiful soundscapes to write to, the melodies always flow easily in the studio. I remember writing Renegade together, we were just talking through ideas, then laying down melodies and by the end of the day we had the song!’ Along with her feature on the infectious ‘Renegade’, Ell also co-wrote on ‘Sister’, which after amassing over a million streams and multiple playlist placements clearly makes her one to watch for 2021.
It’s official, TSHA has us hooked and desperate for more. Listen now for a massive dose of endorphins with a side of summertime longing. You have been warned.
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