Tash Sultana’s “Bitter Lovers” Featuring BJ The Chicago Kid Sets Boundaries

Tash Sultana, a multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer-songwriter, and engineer, has announced their upcoming EP, Sugar, set for release August 11th, 2023 via their own label, Lonely Lands Records. The single and video for “Bitter Lovers” are out now.

The song, which follows two previous singles, “James Dean” and “New York”, features American Soul R&B artist BJ The Chicago Kid

Tash explains how the collaboration came about:

Pretty sure it’s like any typical modern-day music collab. We had been following each other for a while cause I’m a fan of what he does, and lo and behold, one morning, I woke up, and there was a nice little message in my DM’s from BJ saying, ‘let’s fucking do a track.’ Now here we are.

Tash began working on the track in their own Lonely Lands Studio laying down the verse and chorus harmonies and flipping the ending with beat sampling, heavy basslines, and a sax solo. The missing piece wasn’t filled until February 2023, with the final touches laid in person at a Los Angeles studio. In an unusual approach, “BJ’s verse was crafted on the spot, and the harmonies were laid before the verse, an interesting approach to working almost completely backwards.”

Tash adds:

It means something different to both of us, which is why we decided to split a verse each and come together in the chorus. For me, some people just think you’re going to be waiting around forever, in any capacity, for a friend, lover, or family member. I got boundaries with people, and that’s what I’m getting at in this track.

The upcoming EP Sugar was co-engineered, Produced, composed and arranged by Tash, who also plays all the instruments. The EP’s theme is “a reflection piece, encapsulating their life from 2021 to 2023.” The EP is said to blend sonic elements of past works Notion, Flow State, and Terra Firma.

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