NEW VISUAL: House Of El ‘Hard Times’

AB1A3748.jpegFollowing one of the most remarkable debut releases this year featuring superstar Laura Mvula and rapper Jay Prince on “Elijah” in March, House of El (real name Kieron McIntosh) comes through with a second bonafide statement of intent with “Hard Times”, co-written and co-produced with Craze & Hoax.

Originally a jazz musician, House of El went on to write and produce for some of the finest artists in London in Plan B, Paloma Faith and Chase and Status before emerging with his own original material for the first time this year.

A more up-tempo and bouncy, though stripped-back instrumental gives a more energy-filled backdrop to the track, whilst remaining as pensive and hard-hitting lyrically as his debut – a style we see consolidated here with “Hard Times”. Speaking on the track, House of El states: “This song I wrote on Martin Luther King day, it really talks about the oppression of black people in modern western society but applies to the oppressed people of the world. When I think of my parents being sent for from the Caribbean to a country that didn’t accept them and that ultimately, years later they are still being oppressed by the Government – I think there is something powerful about coming through Hard Times and oppression and these are things that should be celebrated and championed.’”

With inspirations coming from diverse angles – mentioning Massive Attack, Gorillaz and Joy Division as well as the likes of Neil Young and Stevie Wonder – House of El’s second release on his own label WUNDERKIND continues to underline his reputation as one of the most gifted and thoughtful artists coming out of the city right now.

Following one of the most remarkable debut releases this year featuring superstar Laura Mvula and rapper Jay Prince on “Elijah” in March, House of El (real name Kieron McIntosh) comes through with a second bonafide statement of intent with “Hard Times”, co-written and co-produced with Craze & Hoax.

Originally a jazz musician, House of El went on to write and produce for some of the finest artists in London in Plan B, Paloma Faith and Chase and Status before emerging with his own original material for the first time this year.vd.gifA more up-tempo and bouncy, though stripped-back instrumental gives a more energy-filled backdrop to the track, whilst remaining as pensive and hard-hitting lyrically as his debut – a style we see consolidated here with “Hard Times”. Speaking on the track, House of El states: “This song I wrote on Martin Luther King day, it really talks about the oppression of black people in modern western society but applies to the oppressed people of the world. When I think of my parents being sent for from the Caribbean to a country that didn’t accept them and that ultimately, years later they are still being oppressed by the Government – I think there is something powerful about coming through Hard Times and oppression and these are things that should be celebrated and championed.’”

With inspirations coming from diverse angles – mentioning Massive Attack, Gorillaz and Joy Division as well as the likes of Neil Young and Stevie Wonder – House of El’s second release on his own label WUNDERKIND continues to underline his reputation as one of the most gifted and thoughtful artists coming out of the city right now.

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