ENLISTS JUNIOR SIMBA FOR
‘SAD PARTY’ REMIX
"Drenched in lush minimalistic rhythms, with steady, modified beats, the single pushes Lily's vocals to the forefront and my gosh is it a heavenly result.” - EARMILK
“Sultry vocals on a dreamy, lo-fi production.” – EUPHORIA MAGAZINE
“More authentic than ever! – RAYDAR MAGAZINE
Ahead of her second EP dropping this summer, Ava Lily has teamed up with Junior Simba for a reimagined version of current single ‘Sad Party’, which is released globally today.
‘Sad Party’ explores the singer-songwriter’s relationship with alcohol and the effects that drinking has on her life. “I felt like anything beautiful I touched I ruined. My relationship was falling apart. There’s a strange comfort in being deeply alone, in your room, to wallow in your own self-pity party", she explains.
On teaming up with Junior Simba for the official remix, she continues “Junior Simba created a beautiful contrast between the deep and dark sentiment of the lyric within an upbeat track you can party to. I love the irony of turning ‘Sad Party’ into something you can dance to. I loved the idea of someone going out sad and alone and the music carrying them through the night and pulling them into the present moment.”
Rising up the northern ranks as a key DJ to watch after cutting his teeth in Leeds’s underground music scene, Junior Simba brings his distinctive magic to the track, utilising his rich musical background to create an infectious energy within the rework that perfectly enhances Lily’s ethereal vocals. Despite the overt darkness in the lyrics, Lily ensures that there's a strident sense of optimism in her music and this club-friendly makeover is further evidence of that. You can get lost in the track dancing alone in your bedroom, or be surrounded by strangers in a crowded room, which is exactly what Junior Simba set out to achieve when making this remix.
He explains, “'I wanted to make something that bangs alone in a dark room or at a party, which highlighted Ava Lily’s emotive and deep vocals and that reflected all the parties I have gone to alone. With rough heavy subs pounding, you forget that you are solo raving! These are some of the best nights I’ve had. I felt this sentiment went hand in hand with the lyrics as most of the time partying on your own is seen as a ‘Sad Party’, but it can be an adventure.”
Ava Lily’s fantastic storytelling is no surprise to the industry. Having written songs for some of the UK’s biggest musical talents, she’s ready to step into the spotlight, sharing her music and coming into her own as an artist like she never has before. Originally from Bristol and based in London, she has been writing music and playing piano since childhood, using songwriting as a means of expression and therapy.
After being discovered by Naughty Boy from her cover of ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’, Ava Lily was signed to Virgin EMI where she collaborated with artists including Emeli Sande, Professor Green, Laura Mvula and James Arthur, and upon exiting her deal co-wrote 'Common' off of ZAYN's Icarus Falls record. Through that process, Lily continued to hone her craft and develop an even deeper respect for the complex art of songwriting- and ultimately decided that she both wanted and needed to tell those stories as an artist herself.
On her last EP ‘Higher Love’, Lily tells a story of the powerful moment of feeling comfortable alone after a major breakup, and the strength she felt from deciding to put herself first. Her music shares the qualities of honest and empowered songwriting with elegant and soulful vocals. This is a sublime pop gambit, ticking all the right boxes, and proves Ava Lily as a formidable force to keep one eye on at all times.
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