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Conor Albert builds on his neo-soul foundations with disco-fuelled banger “Moonlight”

16 June 2021, 09:00 | Written by David Cobbald

South London native Conor Albert collaborates with singer-songwriter and producer Mac Ayres for funk-filled new jam “Moonlight”.

Already having collaborated with Priya Ragu, Disclosure and Tom Misch, as well as releasing two EPs by the age of 21 - Collage 1 in 2020, and Smile with Alice Auer – Conor Albert has announced his third EP Collage 2 and shared the disco-inspired track “Moonlight”, featuring Mac Ayres.

The self-taught multi-instrumentalist started making tracks and beats at the age of 8. Inspired by the likes of FKJ and Jordan Rakei along with his piano training, he found his way into writing jazz-inspired, soulful music.

“Moonlight”, featuring Mac Ayres, is a light and breezy disco groove that can’t not be likened to the talents of Tom Misch. It’s the effortless guitar riffs and solo, the relaxed vocals and the irresistible groove that make this song an unmissable track for summer 2021.

"In October 2020 I got a message from Mac on TikTok of all places. I'd been posting a beat every day and he had stumbled across one of mine on his For You page,” shares Albert. “He messaged me and asked for a beat that later became ‘Nothing Else’ on Mac's latest album. After that we had a very-late-night Zoom session where Mac and I chatted for hours and made zero music. Right at the end I sent him a demo of a disco inspired beat I'd made a couple days prior with my good mate Harry Greene, who's an incredible musician. He liked it and within a few days sent me all the vocals and then it was up to me to finish the track!”

“In this track I take a much more old school producer role, where I'm actually not playing many instruments and instead enlisting the help of my musician friends. Aside from Harry who plays the Prince-inspired guitars and wrote the main riff with me, my close friend Seth Tackaberry played bass on the track. Seth is a BEAST and he has some crazy moments in the very last chorus, it was an honour to have him playing on the track."

The track’s backing vocals are offered by London singer-songwriter Matilda Mann, who Albert describes as having “such an incredible tone that takes the track to another level!"

"Moonlight" is out now via Young Poet Records. Find Conor Albert on Instagram.
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