Róisín Murphy shares the latest single “You Knew”, lifted from her highly anticipated forthcoming album, ‘Hit Parade’. In conjunction, she shares two club ready remixes of the track from PAYFONE and Eli Escobar, alongside the announcement of a Boiler Room stream launch which was shot in Paris earlier this year.
“You Knew” is the fourth piece of the puzzle to be shared from the forthcoming record which is produced by electronic music auteur DJ Koze, to be released on September 8th via Ninja Tune.
The new single sees Murphy toy with themes of unrequited love and existentialism across a backdrop of swirling synthesisers and looping FX courtesy of DJ Koze.
“‘You Knew’ is the story of my life. I’m an open book, I put myself on the line and I make my motivations obvious. Many times, I have bravely loved and not been loved in return, and I’m proud of that. That phrase “You Knew” just sums it all up, in fact you could put it on my headstone, except I’ve already decided it’ll say.. You Had Your Chance! ” Róisín Murphy shares.
PAYFONE lend their trademark electro-disco expertise to the track, providing their own interpretation of the space-age record, spinning up the original mix with a Mr. Fingers-esque classic house bassline and haunting string sections. New York’s house and techno savant Eli Escobar additionally provides his own slant on the track, layering scuttling hats and an infectious walking bassline over Murphy’s cut and warped vocals. Both remixes are inherently different at their core, but equally primed and ready for extensive club-usage.
“You Knew” follows “Fader” and the self-directed video which Promo News described as “arguably one of the best videos of her illustrious career”. Presented in striking black and white – influenced by classic Hip-Hop videos of the early 90s – and also conceptualised by Murphy, who continues to steer all the creative direction of each of her projects, the “Fader” visual enlists the help of 150 Arklow locals. Further tasters from the forthcoming album “The Universe” and “CooCool” reveal the thrilling scope, breadth and variety of the forthcoming album.
A polymath in every sense of the word, Murphy gives each release an entirely fresh and distinct visual identity, and beguiling ‘Hit Parade’ is no different. Overseen by Murphy, the artwork features herself, photo-montaged into an AI generated image from artist Beth Frey, graphic design by Bráulio Amado and commissioned by creative studio Object & Animal (who have previously worked with the likes of FKA Twigs, Caroline Polachek and Shygirl).
With ‘Hit Parade’, Murphy continues her ever evolving, shape-shifting 30 year career, looking towards the future by joining forces with DJ Koze to conjure blissful music that teems with life and imagination. A hyper-modern record which is a world away from 2020’s critical and commercial success of “Róisín Machine”, it further cements Murphy as a total one of a kind at a creative peak, a constantly inquisitive and restless spirit who is unmatched.
Continuously pushing boundaries in both recording and live-settings, Róisín Murphy’s capacity to be an ever-evolving performer is a spectacle in itself. From live-streamed lockdown events to headline appearances at Glastonbury West Holts Stage, Homobloc, a sold-out Brixton Academy, Coachella and Primavera Sound, Murphy consistently proves to be a thrilling must-see artist in every sense of the word.
From her time growing up in the Irish town of Arklow, music seemed to call Murphy almost instantly, from the moment she discovered the power of her own voice at the age of 10 through performance of the eternal showtune classic “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” at a local poetry festival.
After a brief flirtation with noise and punk in Manchester’s confines, she hitched over to Sheffield at 19 to immerse herself in the club scene. A chance meeting with local bassist Mark Brydon led the pair to form the celebrated group Moloko, and from there Murphy’s decorated solo career has spanned 5 lauded albums (with a Mercury Music Prize nomination for 2015’s ‘Hairless Toys’), celebrated EP and single collaborations, and more recently video directing and acting accolades.
‘Hit Parade’ Trackslist
- What Not To Do
- The Universe
- Hurtz So Bad
- The House
- Free Will
- You Knew
- Can’t Replicate
- Crazy Ants Reprise
- Two Ways