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Washington producer Shallou aims to provide the perfect cohesion of uplift and heartache in his first offering of 2018 ‘Lie’, which enlists the captivating vocals of Riah.

‘Lie’ begins with minimal instrumentation comprised of splashes of keys and an almost ‘heartbeat’ percussion lying in the background of the mix, allowing for Riah’s seemingly effortless melodies to take centre stage and carry the track through the emotional context that lies within the hardships of being in a relationship. The track builds through the insertion of synths wobbling into the soundscape, which in turn is matched with a shift in intensity within Riah’s lyrical content of “Cause every little thing you do, keeps tearing my heart in two”.

Within the chorus ‘Lie’ moves forward with the effortless nature of its composition through minimal instrumentation, yet providing a contradictory sense of positivity through a thumping kick and sampled vocals to give that uplifting vibe we all know and love that comes with the realm of EDM. The choruses are only strengthened in the later moments of ‘Lie’ whereby Shallou has brilliantly added significant amounts of harmonies to the mix that ultimately provide the emphatic ending it truly deserves.

‘Lie’ is available everywhere now via Sweat it Out.

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author: Chris Salce

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