SONG OF THE DAY Subculture Feat. Rachel Chinouriri – The River Bend


Last November a London-based producer named Subculture teamed up with the Croydon-based singer-songwriter, Rachel Chinouriri, to release a single entitled, The River Bend.

Both are relatively new artists and their collaboration formed part of a string of singles Subculture was releasing together with an array of other guest artists for his first record.  Cooking up a stylish fusion of blues, hip hop, jazz and soul, Subculture’s concoctions are fresh and genre defying; utilising the many features from each style to design and sculpt original sonic shapes.

Today’s song features on Subculture’s debut album entitled I Dream of Everything, which came out in November last year via the London-based tripsoul label, Twisted Hearts Records. Speaking of the single the producer explained how, “I wanted to create something classic sounding with a futuristic spin, kinda like if Kanye produced a Nina Simone record.”  He’s got the twist nailed and the coalition perfect if today’s song is anything to go by – so far this is all I’ve heard!

The River Bend came about after Subculture and Rachel Chinouriri had a conversation about unconscious biases towards groups and gangs of people you deem to be unsavoury/undesirable, even if you don’t know for sure that they are a threat.  It outlines how our fears and apprehensions can surface when faced with groups/gangs and, rightly or wrongly, how quick we are to judge and react.  The song is specifically crafted to evoke a threatened feel and even though the fear is unwarranted, the edginess is tangible through the tense melody/vocal vibe!

Check it out above, listen to the rest of the record here and find the lyrics below!…and the official video can be found below too!

A Boulevard with no lights again
See Dark skin thugger gangs
Hide my phone without a view
I’ll cross the street and call a friend
Then run down the riverbend
Thank god I made this time through

Make my way downtown again
Cold fingers and stuttering
I see the sun shining through
My mood so high you can swing again
Melt down but recovering
The spring in my walk counts for two
Oww

Oww
Watch my step as I walk through the forbidden
Damn
Thought we’d take his shit But we didn’t
Ohh
I think they’ve got something theyve hidden
The boy with freedom failed his mission

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