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James Reid joins forces with Singaporean artist Benjamin Kheng

Acclaimed Filipino-Australian artist James Reid has teamed up with Singaporean singer-songwriter Benjamin Kheng for a captivating collaboration on the single “Rock Bottom Blues,” the first release from Benjamin's highly anticipated two-part album, “Gloomy Boogie.”

Produced by Charlie Kurata and Saint Kid, “Rock Bottom Blues” delves into the depths of emotions experienced during difficult times and toxic relationships. The song explores the pain of feeling stuck in a cycle of self-redemption and longing for redemption. “Rock Bottom Blues” is written by Kheng, Olivia Knox, Saint Kid and Reid.

Benjamin Kheng and James Reid

The collaboration between Reid and Kheng marks the first time the two artists have joined forces, creating a quintessential “sad bop” that blends emotive vocal deliveries against an infectious dance arrangement. The synergy effortlessly marries somber tones with danceability, resulting in a truly unique musical experience.

Commenting on the collaboration, Reid shared, “Benjamin is a talented musician, and it's been an honor working with him on this track. The song holds a serious topic, but Ben's playful personality couldn't help but shine through. We aimed to infuse a playful energy into the song while staying true to its heartfelt essence.”

Kheng added, “It's been amazing getting to work with James on this track, not just to witness, up close, a superstar of his caliber be the amazing talent and human that he is, but also how beautiful it is to be able to make music across borders and draw parallel lines between our journeys. Here's hoping we build more music roads across our barriers and get to see more Southeast Asians working together.”

The accompanying music video for “Rock Bottom Blues,” directed by Barnabas Chua of Murk & Marrow Films, transports viewers to a mesmerizing, kinetic dream world. The video's oscillating visual language guides audiences on a captivating journey, encouraging exploration of the contrasting yet enthralling world inhabited by the duo. Barnabas will also work on visualisers for other tracks on the upcoming album, echoing the sonic textures of each track and revealing moments of vulnerability and introspection.

“Rock Bottom Blues” serves as the lead single of Kheng's two-part debut album, “Gloomy Boogie,” which is set to release later this year. The album pays tribute to those who navigate life's challenges while concealing their inner turmoil, capturing the energy of those forced smiles at social gatherings when everything seems to be falling apart. Embracing melancholic melodies and infectious rhythms, Gloomy Boogie promises to be a captivating exploration of the human experience, celebrating the resilience of the “sad social-survivor.”

“Rock Bottom Blues” is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

Credit belongs to : www.manilatimes.net

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