Artist and Producer twenty5 met Devon-based singer-songwriter Nola during a writing session arranged by long-time friend Jamie Lawson, immediately bonding over a shared love of Trap and Dance beats and real life contexts. The 16-year-old singer-songwriter is a rapidly emerging star herself, appearing on BBC Music Introducing.
‘Walk Away’ is the first glimpse of material since twenty5’s Columbia signed Electro-Pop duo Cash+David disbanded, having written and produced a flurry of left-field bangers and sad-Pop Electro tunes created in Cash’s South London studio.
twenty5’s un-pinnable tracks and production style flits between R&B, Trap and straight-up Pop, constructing a jumpy, bouncy foundation for Nola to ride over with her naturally dusky vocals, which are melancholic and empowering.
Speaking on the track, twenty5 states: “It was inspired by the ‘not knowing how to leave, not knowing how to stay’ relationship scenario. Dancing to sad records, especially since watching Ryan Gosling in ‘Blue Valentine’ serenade Michelle Williams with a ukulele whilst singing ‘you always hurt the ones you love’, really stayed with me.”
Nola states: “For me it’s about the struggles and pressures of real life and how it can affect your relationships with people, including the relationship with yourself.”
Currently finishing up solo tracks and collaborations, which will drop throughout 2019 on his own imprint + Records, twenty5 ramps up his output with a jam that’s sure to continue the interest in this rising artist.
‘Walk Away’ is available now via all major digital platforms.