What drew me into this song was the blend of the muted and raspy vocal tone of RESPONS with his graceful “rap-ish” melodies and intriguing songwriting. Take that and blend it with the laid back, lush production groove with his background vocal touches and it’s an undeniable vibe.
The track outlines the artist’s commitment to being real and weaves together the bombastic, melodic style of his influences – from Dominic Fike to Brockhampton – with searing lyrical honesty.
He tells us:
“I wrote the track after chatting to a girl I genuinely met one time called Maisie. She was really troubled, and mentally struggling with stuff. It stuck with me. But for me, the song is just a big up to the women in my life – the women that I know that have gone through similar stuff. The whole message of the song is: You’re one in a million, and you’re gonna be alright”
Making waves in 2020, RESPONS has turned heads at BBC Radio 1 with Jack Saunders Future Artists support, landed BBC 1Xtra Record Of The Week alongside tastemaker support from the likes of Complex, Wonderland, GRM, Clash, and Colors.
RESPONS new EP is tipped to do big things in early 2021. Hailing not from an inner city, but rather the quiet suburbs of Leighton Buzzard, RESPONS (aka Billy Crabtree) has a vulnerable approach that makes him a captivating rising star, combining the old-school sensitivities of artists like Loyle Carner or Maverick Sabre, with a future-facing commitment to speaking his mind. Whether it’s mental health, empowerment, or introspective musings on family life, RESPONS is straight-talking and not afraid to commit his truth to record and is set to be an essential voice for 2021.