“Love I Need feat. Rapsody” is the latest single from Moonchild’s upcoming album ‘Starfruit’ (out 11th February) featuring the Grammy award-nominated rapper signed to Jay Z’s label Roc Nation, known for her intricate rhythms, clever metaphors and wordplay and collaborations with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, 9th Wonder, and Estelle. The fifth album from the LA-based trio (Amber Navran, Andris Mattson, and Max Bryk) features previous singles “Too Good”, “You Got One feat. Alex Isley” and “Tell Him feat. Lalah Hathaway” alongside forthcoming collaborations from Tank and The Bangas, Ill Camille, Mumu Fresh, Chantae Cann, and Josh Johnson.
Musically a love letter to the likes of Sly Stone and D’Angelo, “Love I Need feat. Rapsody” maps the transition from an independent woman to a life with a partner who shows up and offers support. With a beat written by Amber Navran – inspired by the sounds of late night jamming in the studio – littered with flugelhorn parts, the Grammy-award nominated rapper Rapsody provides a verse fitting with the theme and flow of the track. “I think my favourite moment happens halfway through Rapsody’s verse where the band breaks on beat one and comes back in with some hits that match Rapsody’s line”, Andris Mattson muses. Combining these musical influences, lyrical purpose and collaborative understanding, “Love I Need feat. Rapsody” is an addictive and immediate classic.
Tracks taken from ‘Starfruit’ have already received press accolades from NPR, Wordplay Magazine, Stereofox, UPROXX, Billboard, France Inter, Rated R&B and Soul Bounce. There’s also been a huge amount of radio support from Clara Amfo, Sian Eleri (BBC Radio 1), Jamz Supernova, Emmavie (BBC 1Xtra), Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Mary Anne Hobbs, Don Letts, Tarzsa Williams (BBC 6Music), Children Of Zeus and Marshmello (NTS), Anthony Valadez, Morning Becomes Eclectic, Raul Campos, Scott Dallavo, Ro Contreras (KCRW), Bandcamp Weekly, Erica McKoy, Ashley Beedle and Asya Shein (Worldwide FM), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio Wales), Late Nights (Triple J) and playlisting on Jazz FM (including support from Jamie Crick, Nigel Williams, Simon Phillips, Chris Gilvear, Tony Minvielle, Deb Grant, John Osborne, YolanDa Brown and China Moses).