Stay Right Here

Released: 16 May 2023

Label: Tru Thoughts

Slowe shares intimate, orchestral soul-jazz ballad taken from debut album ‘Where The Mind Wanders’

The intimate “Stay Right Here” is the fourth single taken from Slowe’s debut album ‘Where The Mind Wanders’ [out 28th July]. The project has garnered support from Robert Elms (BBC Radio London), James Threlfall (BBC Introducing), Don Letts (BBC Radio 6 Music), Laurent Garnier and Wordplay Magazine, amongst others.

“Stay Right Here” celebrates a 10-year milestone in her relationship, “it’s quite a beautiful thing to know someone that well and to have shared so much together” Sophie reflects, as she gives herself permission to wholly embrace the feeling of contentment. The orchestral soul-jazz instrumental complements the sultry, sentimental lyrics, sung in her signature featherlight tones. Aiming for a classic, 70’s soul feel Slowe and the co-producer Laurence Fazakerley Buglass composed a string section by delicately layering each player and recreated a vintage quality using pedal effects to pair with Conor Harrington’s relaxed drum-line. With it’s cathartic resonance, Slowe invites the listener to relish in the sanctity of deep human connections, as she describes “literally wanting to ‘stay right here’, in this moment of our lives”, cherishing each-others company.

‘Where The Mind Wanders’ features previous singles; the avant-soul “WLYTK”, retro-tinged slow jam “Superego” and jazz-hop groove “Fix Me Up’”. “A big theme throughout the album is exploring the feeling of being twenty-something and not knowing where things are headed for you, and if you’re on the right path”, Slowe explains. The album title ‘Where The Mind Wanders’ stemmed from this raw “glimpse into the places [Slowe’s] mind goes, good and bad”. Glimmers of “love, anguish, self-doubt, joy and everything in between” are brought to light and reflected in her resourceful cross-genre stamp. Slowe’s eclectic reference points allow her to delve into different sonic landscapes, with “modern neo-soul songs, psychedelic moments and more traditional jazz, soul and hip hop sounds”.