Today sees the release of ‘Guillotine’ – the new single by Audio Visual duo Phoenix and the Flower Girl. The track sees British rapper, vocalist and producer Phoenix Troy joined by Korean rapper Paloalto, with a guest contribution that may well pique your interest in the flourishing world of Korean Rap, Hip-Hop and K-Pop.
‘Guillotine’ is produced by the UK’s in demand Hoost – currently riding high as half of electronic duo Frank Gamble and who has previously produced the likes of Rina Sawayana and Dan Caplan. The whole project is once again overseen by artistic director, Flower. “No need to look too hard for hidden meanings on this one…!” said Troy; “it’s a standard ‘hot girl breaks a heart’ scenario.”
‘Guillotine’ is the followup to the duo’s Greenhouse EP (April 2017) – their first official UK release and full Audio Visual project, with six tracks, two accompanying videos and six pieces of artwork. “The title ‘Greenhouse’ represents the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions,” explains Troy. “Relating to us as a species, humans we are all under one building; earth. We are the ones under controlled conditions. Everything’s a greenhouse essentially to something. The concept of an exterior is a greenhouse to any interior.”
Active since 2013, Phoenix and the Flower Girl is, “concerned with the transcultural and truly global,” hatched somewhere between the onerous soul of East London and the neon tributaries of after-hours Tokyo; they are one part Frank Ocean on keys, one part FlyLo-in-love and wholly one leap forward of the contemporary. With over two million online streams to date, having been added to influential playlists such as Spotify’s New Music and Adidas Tokyo, the rise of P+FG’s hi-tech balladry and affecting neo-tech-soul is definitely one to watch.
‘Guillotine’ is out now.