Sleek beats and a bouncy hook: ‘2 Real’ is the latest single from UK vocalist and producer, Chrystal

Bolton born vocalist and producer Chrystal today reveals her new track ‘2 Real’ on 37 Adventures. ‘2 Real’ follows her debut track ‘Waves’, a co-production with Nao and Bonzai co-conspirator John Calvert, and ‘New Shoes’, produced in collaboration with 169, the man behind grime star and BRIT nominee Dave’s biggest hits.

‘2 Real’ is the result of another collaboration with John Calvert, and was mastered by Mandy Parnell, the Grammy-nominated sound mixer known for her work with Bjork, Aphex Twin and Jamie xx. With sleek beats, a bouncy hook and Chrystal’s distinctive, idiosyncratic Northern delivery, ‘2 Real’ is the kind of bold, surprising track people have come to expect from one of the most exciting prospects in pop.

Speaking about the track, Chrystal said:

“Making 2 Real was an exciting and overwhelming experience. I wrote it on my first trip studio trip to London working with John Calvert. It started out sounding completely differently to how it ended up but John worked on shaping the music to fit the vibe of what I’d written perfectly. On the train back from London I remember listening to it on repeat all the way home, and knew it was special!”

Things have been moving fast for Chrystal since ‘Waves’ dropped in August. After bagging a spot in i-D’s Class of ‘18 lineup and securing fans at tastemaker magazines including i-D, The FADER, FACT and Trench, she has received extensive radio support from Matt Wilkinson at Beats 1 Radio and MistaJam, Jamz Supernova and DJ Target at BBC 1Xtra. A guest slot on NTS and an upcoming interview on Reprezent kick off what’s set to be a very exciting 2018 for Chrystal.

Chrystal will perform an intimate gig in her hometown of Bolton to celebrate the release of ‘2 Real’ at the end of this month. Chrystal is also scheduled to play at Sounds From The Other City in Salford this summer.

Art director Bafic – who earned a spot on youth culture hotlist the Dazed 100 last year – captured the essence of Chrystal’s distinct Northerness with a series of photos in her hometown of Bolton, while the artwork for ‘2 Real’ was brought to life once again by ‘Waves’ and ‘New Shoes’ provider Alex McCullough – the design brains behind leftfield electronic label Whities’ bespoke record sleeves.

‘2 Real’ is available now from all major digital outlets.

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