“BAYNK’s dusty club beats provide a subtle and unimposing backdrop for Harnett’s striking and immediately infectious vocals” – Complex
Today, New Zealand producer and songwriter BAYNK has released a brand new collaborative single with UK artist and vocalist Sinéad Harnett. Premiered by Complex UK, the track is titled “Settle” and is available everywhere now via AllPoints here.
“Settle” finds BAYNK showcasing his signature pop sensibilities alongside textured electronic elements and tight arrangement, revealing some of his best work to-date. Previously collaborating with artists such as Disclosure, Rudimental, and Ryan Hemsworth, Sinéad Harnett adds a stunningly raw vocal with sweeping melodies giving the track a sensuous, poignant edge.
Of the single, BAYNK details, “Meeting Sinead for the first time was like seeing a friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years. Catching up about what we’d missed over the years led to settle being written. I didn’t want to overshadow the touching vocal with intense production so I left it minimal and let the words dictate the music. Can’t wait for you all to hear it, Sinead’s voice is incredible.” Harnett adds, “The first day I met Baynk was the day we wrote settle. As soon as I walked into the room I felt like he was family. I always enjoy those writing sessions the most because you feel comfortable enough to open up. The story behind the song was based on the in between before you’re with someone and after you’ve started seeing each other. That dreaded unknown and the confession that you do want it to move forward. BAYNK’s clean heart translates in his music and I’m so excited for us to do more together!”
The new single is a precursor to an upcoming EP from the NZ producer and a follow-up to a previous double A-side release “Be In Love” / “Years,” which dropped earlier this year. His first release since fall 2017’s debut Someone’s EP, the double A-side was released alongside an incredible video for “Be In Love,” which was co-directed by Spencer Graves whose credits include work with Kendrick Lamar and Lauv. See the videos’ premiere with Highsnobietyhere and watch the visual here.
Summer 2018 saw BAYNK set out on a debut U.S. headline tour, selling out all four shows in NYC, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Denver. Prior to this was a *sold out* spring 2018 tour with Kasbo, which traversed 10 cities across N. America.
Born Jock Nowell-Usticke, BAYNK has seen a meteoric rise from sheer obscurity to the brink of breakout in just 2 years with releases amassing 50MM+ plays on Spotify to-date. Early singles like “About Me” and “Could You” began turning heads in 2016 with follow-up’s “What You Need” (featuring fellow NZ-native NÏKA) and “Poolside” further establishing BAYNK as a top new contender. Recent Someone’s EP singles “Come Home” (with Shallou) and “Want 2” further showcase BAYNK’s ability to span various styles while retaining the essence of hope and subtle melancholy that line the effortlessly smooth tracks.
Stream “Settle” now at the links below and be on the lookout for more to come from BAYNK as he preps for his upcoming new EP.
“shows off the simple ‘less-is-more’ songwriting…a staple of his output” – Complex
“Surefire Banger” – Noisey
“a fresh esoteric texture of electronica” – Nest HQ
“bringing the beaches of New Zealand directly to your speakers with live instrumentation atop catchy summery synths” – Ones To Watch
“electronic adrenaline rush” – HillyDilly
“effortlessly smooth” – Milk.xyz
“the New Zealander is bringing to the table a fresh, crisp sound that we can’t get enough of right now” – EDM.com
“eternal summer vibes” – C-Heads Magazine
“a divine mixture of light and shade, the rough with the smooth” – CLASH
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