The double A-side "Crash And Burn" featuring Natalie Storm / "Aliens Enter" feat. T-Fly is the first single from Hint's upcoming third album which sees the respected producer working with incredible hand-picked vocal talent from around the World, mashing up dancehall, hip hop, UK house and bass music influences to create a scintillating album for dancefloors and headphone moments alike. This limited edition 10" single is a tasty upfront treat for the vinyl junkies, preceding the digital single release by five weeks; the AAside "Aliens Enter" featuring T-Fly is exclusive to the vinyl version, and will not be made available digitally at all until the album drops on 19th March.ξ
"Crash And Burn" featuring Natalie Storm is a take on current UK house music, mixed with Jamaican dancehall. Catchy yet intense, it is undeniably a pretty heavy party tune, but through the serious and thought-provoking lyrics, which address injustices in the World, the Jamaican vocalist proves that not every club banger has to be all about partying. A very early leak, to a handful of tastemakers, has been met with immense support, with confirmed radio play from DJs including Rob da Bank on BBC R1.ξ
"Aliens Enter" feat. T-Fly grew from a killer beat that Hint had made but could not pinpoint the right vocalist to do it justice; that is, until Tru Thoughts A&R Robert Luis came back from SXSW raving about a young female MC he'd seen performing there in a showcase for the Austin Hip Hop Cipher, a charitable community project that helps young performers explore and express their musical talents. As soon as T-Fly started rapping at that show, the buzz was so intense that everyone whipped out their phones and cameras to film this extraordinary talent, and Luis " knowing that Hint was looking for someone to perfect this track " felt that frisson more than most. Hint says of the teenaged MC: "T-Fly really picked up on the more "far out" elements of the beat. It's off-key and peculiar. You feel that she gets really caught up in performing and I think that's what the track is about - music as something supernatural."
1. Crash & Burn (ft. Natalie Storm, Producer: Hint)
2. Aliens Enter (ft. T-Fly, Producer: Hint)