“Love this RnB fusion with some Caribbean dancehall thrown in. Smooth as it comes!”. – 4/5 stars
– Declan Byrne – triple j (AUS)
“Light-hearted, danceable and thoroughly infectious”.
– Complex (UK)
Melbourne-based producer Illstrtd has just unveiled his smooth and sultry number ‘Real Love’ – featuring rising star Françoistunes.
‘Real Love’ sees hypnotic and melodious synths intertwine, as the soulful and endearing vocals of Françoistunes hover above fluidly. Light percussion and groove-laden bass gently lift the dynamic, working into its bouncy rhythms and unwavering beat, propping up the commanding and sharp cadences that dominate the verses. The track drops down again into its spacious and intricately textured production, before launching into the crescendo that is its mesmerising and infectious chorus.
Illstrtd talks about the creation of the track:
“‘Real Love’ came together super organically with François – I’ve been a huge fan of his for a minute and it was great to finally work with him on something. The whole process felt fun and easy, we literally finished the first demo of this song in one day writing session in the studio. I took it away and chipped away at the production, we went back and forth online until we felt it was perfect. I’m really proud of this one and I really feel like I’m pushing my sound forward with every release, experimenting more with combining soul, R&B and electronic influences”.
Previous singles have been supported by tastemakers Complex (UK), High Snobiety (USA), triple j and triple j Unearthed. The tracks have also been added to Spotify playlists ‘Urban Flavour’, ‘Fresh Finds’, ‘Indie Arrivals’ and ‘New Pop Sounds’ and to Apple Music’s esteemed ‘Best of the Week’.
In the coming weeks Illstrtd will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Real Love’ ft. Françoistunes.
‘Real Love’ ft. Françoistunes is available worldwide now
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