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”