Gotta check out ALECS single, ‘Give It Up,’ complete with stuttering beats, echoing synths and soaring vocals, the new three-track EP is a compelling slice of dark electronic R&B, inspired by the likes of Autre Ne Veut and Blood Orange.

“I’ve been told Give It Up hits the listener like a wall of sound, which probably has a lot to do with my production technique,” says 20 year old ALECS, who worked with up and coming co-producer Eddy Atlantis (Xander The Great). “But the EP as a whole is a bit more Lo-Fi. I’m focusing on the electronic aspect of my music and it has a real post R&B vibe.”

And don’t miss the impressive new video for ‘Give It Up,’ made with a friend for just £100. Like the song itself, it’s dark and brooding – using simple chiaroscuro lighting to great effect. “It was directed by a mate of mine,” says ALECS. “It was a really quick shoot, about 3 hours. We used loads of different angles, but as it was quite a basic idea, the lighting was really important.”

Born and raised in West London, ALECS’ early background is steeped in the guitar driven rock/pop music of the 60’s & 70’s, drawing on influences from artists such as Badfinger, Terry Reid and melody driven 90’s bands like Jellyfish. He then immersed himself in the world of alternative R&B, listening to The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, which have had a big impact on his production and writing style.

 

 

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