L.A.-based electronic duo BEAUZ (Bernie & Johan Yang) have teamed up with esoteric Irish songbird Lenii for a melodic thumper where emotive vocals seep through and glide above deep trap beats that shift like tectonic plates. Already familiar to fans of Trap Nation’s Lowly Palace, Enhanced, and Armada Music, BEAUZ have elicited props from heavyweights including Martin Garrix. Their momentum, however, is rooted in a fierce organic fan base who pushed them to #1 on SoundCloud with Two Friends’ “Emily,” featuring Zack Martini, and helped them trend on Spotify and YouTube’s Taz Network, which is dropping the lyric clip for “Not That Brave” on October 19.
“Not That Brave” is the result of a truly balanced collaboration that was years in the making. “We came up with the chord progression for the track in 2013, when we first started playing around with music production. The first prototype was an electro house track, which never got released,” the genre-hopping pair tell us. “Ever since then, it has gone through several reincarnations, but we were never satisfied with it. Then one day, Lenii came along, sent us a song idea called ‘Not That Brave.’ The inspiration suddenly hit that this could work with the chord progression. So, we mixed the vocal in, changed the key of the instrumental, made a new drop, and breathed new life into the track.”
Lenii, a classically trained violinist whose ambient/indie fusion has been turning heads in New York, adds, “In today’s world, where very little is private, relationships are so often ruined by outside influences. ‘Not That Brave’ is about the obstacles that modern couples face, as well as the fear that admitting love to someone might wreck what you already have. I wrote the song realising that a fear of commitment has become so common, in New York especially, and is something I think a lot of people can relate to.” The collaboration also helped Lenii stretch the boundaries of her own sound. “The hard-hitting production from BEAUZ really tied the song together and built on the youthful energy. They added even more life to the track, and it was super cool to see the song evolve into what it is now!”
Available October 20 via Spinnin’ Records.