South London trio Beaty Heart have been creating luscious and semi-experimental synthpop for some time now, but the latest teaser track to their new album might be the one that helps to push them into the limelight. ‘Flora’ is a textured piece of pop that’s structured around tight loops and a soaring vocal performance as well as some unusually muted but no less hypnotic percussion (they do like a bit of percussion).
The band has this to say about their comeback track: “’Flora’ was partly inspired by the Brazilian jazz singer, Flora Purim. We tried to evoke her rich, steamy tones within our own style, as well as exploring improvisational techniques to form the melody of the song. There’s a real analogue-y, staccato energy to it that we all love, as well as just a dash of filthy bastard. We also incorporated a vocal sample from ‘Bad Bad Boys’, a 90s Swedish rap hit by Midi, Maxi & Efti, heard during a Robyn DJ set in Stockholm, which we thought was sassy.”
Listen to ‘Flora’ below.