After some time spent broadening horizons and sharing his flair for production with other artists, Shivum Sharma is back with some new neo-soul on new single "Ride", a track which teases his forthcoming EP Diamond. Now working with producer Ben Baptie (who has worked with the likes of Moses Sumney and Rex Orange County) whilst also citing the momentous influences of Minnie Riperton and Randy Crawford, it is becoming exceedingly exciting to imagine what is next in store for the South London singer-songwriter.
Credence to Shivum’s tantalising silver tongue, it is immediately clear he can complement and dominate beats across a hugely diverse range of genres. The production on "Ride" is so serene that it has you eating from Shivum’s hand before the vocal even kicks in, with its funk-inflected, on-repeat-all-day beat sending his dulcet tones swimming through your soul. His calls on the track to harbour one’s desires seem almost ironic as listeners are submerged by its deluge of rich sound.
“'Ride' is an ode to how the sun makes me feel,” shares Shivum of the single. "It was born on a grey day in Alex Burey’s studio, a room that lets no natural light in, giving us the freedom to ignore outside's climate and determine it for ourselves.
"I hope ‘Ride’ sounds like glowing in August,” he continues. "Floating through the city feeling like your absolute best self. Invincible and sweaty”.