Today, British producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist SG Lewis unveils the dark and twisted official video for his latest single, “Flames” featuring 16-year old Australian pop star Ruel (RCA). Out now via Casablanca/Republic Records in North America, ‘Flames’, a sure fire song of the summer, was recently hailed by Billboard as “smooth and funky, with a slow-jam melody that wafts over a menacing, ’80s-style synth rhythm.” Surpassing 1 million streams in its first week, the song is the latest track taken from ‘Dawn,’ the third and final installment of his three-part concept album, Dusk, Dark, Dawn, out later this year.
The cinematic, gruesome official video was shot in LA and directed by Jeremy Koren (Troye Sivan, Ruel), and stars SG Lewis and Ruel
Speaking about the new song, SG reveals, “I was put onto Ruel’s music about 18 months ago, and watching his growth since then has been amazing. He’s got such soul to his voice for someone of his age, it’s crazy. ‘Flames’ is the final preview of ‘Dawn’ before the whole thing drops, and I can’t wait to share the whole thing.”
“Flames” follows previous ‘Dawn’ cuts, ‘Throwaway’, the second collaborative track between SG and rising viral US star Clairo (after last summer’s breakthrough track ‘Better’) and “Blue.” Clairo’s honeyed vocals on ‘Throwaway’ are perfectly framed by SG’s intimate, downtempo production; “Clairo is one of my favourite artists to work with, and a good friend of mine” says SG: “Throwaway was written in LA one evening – we were both super tired and had some shit going on in our respective personal lives. We sat and talked for ages, and after that Throwaway flowed out in no time at all. Clairo is such a special artist and an incredible songwriter, and I’m super proud of this song.”
Dusk, Dark, Dawn chronicles the trajectory of a night out through its different moods and genres and serves as a tribute to club and youth culture. While Dusk (released earlier in 2018) blended disco, smooth electro and funk and Dark explored distinctly heavier yet still diverse sounds, Dawn is a sonic embodiment of those euphoric sunrise moments and the feeling of togetherness at the end of a night well spent.
It’s been an incredible several months for SG Lewis that has seen the artist sell-out venues across the US, Asia and Europe. Dark lead single ‘Hurting’ has continued to grow, hitting No.1 on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart earlier this year, and now with two back-to-back Coachella sets in the bag, SG Lewis continues to cement his status as not just one of London’s hottest new talents but also a formidable artist capable of making a splash on both sides of the Atlantic.
SG has previously collaborated with Col3trane, Raye, Ray BLK, The Neptunes/N.E.R.D’s Chad Hugo, Gerd Janson, Conducta and more as well as producing Dave’s ‘100M’s’ proving his worth as one of the most respected and prolific musicians from the UK and a producer capable of working outside of genre and style.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
08/31 – North Coast Music Festival – Chicago, IL
09/01 – Made In America – Philadelphia, PA (DJ Set)
09/03 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON
09/05 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
09/06 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
09/07 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
09/30 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
10/01 – Star Theater – Portland, OR
10/02 – Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC
10/04 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/05 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/07 – Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM
10/08 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
10/12 – The Novo – Los Angeles, CA