Fast rising UK producer/artist Monro has followed up the hypnotic, 808 heavy ‘Cold Flow’ with ‘The Middle’ - a mellow R&B piece showcasing his eclectic & wide ranging production skills. The record reverts back to a sound more synonymous with his recent production work for the likes of Sinead Harnett, Jae Stephens & Maiday.
‘The Middle’ features vocals from LA based singer Syd B, an R&B artist making a name for herself on both sides of the pond. A soft electric keyboard sets the tone throughout as Syd B drifts over an intricate, swung drum beat with a grand, driving brass synth sound that kicks the chorus into a new gear.
The record came together in a small rehearsal-space-come-makeshift recording studio. The final vocal was perfectly executed in the last minutes of their allocated time, and during a brief moment of silence when sandwiched between two heavy metal bands practising. “It’s amazing we were able to come away with this song from there” states Monro “we were both on the same vibe & managed to create something calm through the madness.”
The Middle provides a sombre second piece to the four part puzzle that will come together in the form of ‘Deep End’ - an EP that details the emotional process of a relationship ending. Since the April release of Gone Clear - featuring South London rapper Flohio, Monro has been in the studio with the likes of Sinead Harnett, Moss Kena, Jae Stephens, Doja Cat, Maiday, Ay Em & J Warner while putting together his EP, out December 5th.
Syd B refers to "the middle" as what you need to go through as a relationship. You're still connected to the ex but also know you need to move on. It's a relatable concept that floats perfectly over Monro's attention-keeping sounds and percussive surroundings.
"I really wanna hate you, But you took my heart with you"
Monro is one of the most exciting emerging producer/artists in the UK. His productions tap into a bubbling, multi-layered world of thick-edged beats and intoxicating melodies which has lead to work with the likes of Sinead Harnett, Bibi Bourelly, Doja Cat, Katy B & Flohio.
Inspired by the music of artists like Baauer and Travis Scott, as well as revered US hip-hop producer and engineer Mike Dean, he began producing music in his bedroom – honing his craft over a number of years and eventually demonstrating a flair for building intense, hi-def and futuristic beats. “My artist music is definitely trap influenced”, he explains, “ but I like to make sure it always sounds epic and cinematic too and I constantly look to expand my sound into new areas.”
Last year saw productions on Sinead Harnett’s Chapter One Mixtape (Want It With You) and Maiday’s return to artist releases (I Still Get To You) as well as a remix for Jarreau Vandal & Zak Abel’s collaboration ‘Make You Love Me’. In addition he dropped his debut artist EP ‘Motion’ on Rinse FM’s label and followed it up in April with an explosive collaboration alongside south London rapper Flohio.
Monro’s four track EP ‘Deep End’ drops in two days & details the emotional process of a relationship coming to an end. Each song offers a different sound & perspective around the subject – with features coming from Ay Em & Syd B. The songs leading into the EP have already been championed by the likes of Dummy, Clash & Complex magazines while receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1Xtra. With only a thousand-ish plays, we're excited to see his rise.