Crash and Burn feat Natalie Storm (digital single)
Released: 26th Feb, 2012
Label: Tru Thoughts
Out on digital on 27th February,“Crash And Burn” featuring Natalie Storm 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.
“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. Hint (Jonathan James to his Ma), says, “Natalie had free reign to cover whichever topics she wanted, so I think it came off as a true collaboration. She picked up on the mood of the track and used the energy to talk about something passionately.” 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.
The new album sees Hint consciously moving away from the more downtempo elements of his two previous long-players (Ninja Tune’s ‘Portakabin Fever’ and Tru Thoughts’ ‘Driven From Distraction’) to reconnect with his love of party music, from jungle to dancehall to house and contemporary hip hop. Doing a number of remixes for the likes of Lanu, Stac and Maddslinky – as well as a rework of MJ Cole and Wiley that was played by Annie Mac (BBC R1) – has helped him to hone his style. With radio support across the Rinse FM network and elsewhere; DJ bookings galore; plus an exciting new Ableton Live set; the foundations are laid for Hint to break through in 2012.