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Harleighblu X Starkiller - Amorine Deluxe (
Bandcamp exclusive deluxe version of 'Amorine'

“Be sure to pick up the LP, as there are bangers all over it” – WAX POETICS

Harleighblu X Starkiller is a formidable link-up between British
soul/electronic singer Harleighblu and LA duo Starkiller (the production
outfit of C.E. Garcia & Alfredo E. Fratti, members of Adrian
Younge’s Venice Dawn). A science fiction film in sonic form, the
‘Amorine’ LP tells a tragic future love story in which high drama
collides with a cool, clean, sci-fi atmosphere via hip hop sensibilities
that draw on musical references from psychedelic funk to DJ Shadow to

It is no coincidence that this project directly follows Harleighblu’s
‘Futurespective’ releases, which found the young singer eyeing the
horizon, working with cutting edge electronic producers to forge a new
sound. On hearing her music, Garcia was struck by Harleighblu’s ability
to combine an accomplished, classic soul voice and fresh, future beats;
“I’d been playing with this idea of making an album that sounded like
the future somehow, and I thought 'well this is it – this is the person
to work with'”, he affirms.

With his love of film, sci-fi and graphic novels, and his tendency not
to do things by halves, Garcia was soon envisioning an album set in the
future, and concocting the ‘Amorine’ story around which this LP would
revolve. The dystopian tale was heavily inspired by two sources in
particular, which were occupying his mind at the time: the comic book
“The Incal” by French artist Mœbius, and the 1971 George Lucas film THX

Having sent over some instrumental sketches, the duo were soon rewarded
with the song “Killing My Heart” (out as the first single in October).
The perfect foil to their lavish guitars and growling bass,
Harleighblu's emphatic hooks and multi-textured harmonies got Garcia
& Fratti excited, kicking off an intriguing creative process which
saw the entire LP crafted across continents. (It wasn’t until June 2016,
after the LP’s completion, that the two parties finally met in person,
when Harleighblu was gigging in LA – a milestone for this rising star,
which builds on her UK and European successes).

For Harleighblu, creating a track remotely with producers was familiar
turf, but making a full album this way was a different, daunting
prospect. Any potential limitations, however, were freedoms in disguise.
“The guys weren't just sending me a beat to sing over”, she emphasises;
“We’d go back and forth, surprising each other and pushing the other to
think differently”. And while she has always had a notably versatile
voice, Garcia & Fratti encouraged Harleighblu to unlock yet more
layers of range and expression: “Sometimes I couldn't believe how far,
how out-there, I'd taken it.”

A hyperactive visionary producer and a classically-trained wunderkind,
respectively, Garcia & Fratti have met their match in the
adventurous Harleighblu. Instrumental in orchestrating this union
between the young Nottingham-based singer and the US West Coast musical
dons was Adrian Younge, having initially been approached by Harleighblu
to express her love of his work and her desire to collaborate. Unable to
commit due to the demands of his constantly evolving schedule, Younge
recommended Starkiller as members of his extended musical family.

Playing in venerable producer Younge’s Venice Dawn, Garcia & Fratti
have contributed to records including the Black Dynamite OST, and worked
with many of their own musical heroes (such as Ghostface Killah, RZA,
the Delfonics’ William Hart, Souls Of Mischief, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad
of ATCQ). Having been immersed in one of the most inspirational
environments a musician - and film fanatic - could hope for, their
Starkiller outing brims with creative confidence.


releases November 4, 2016