And the followup single is also something special. Enlisting the talents of Tolü Makay & Jamel Franklin (Shy Mascot), ‘D.A.R.L.I.N.G.’ is a song about the feelings of love and longing compounded by long distance or you know, lockdown.
The neo-soul vibey song was recorded in isolation and the video features some of Ireland’s soul and funk scene lending their faces to the clip showing “their different reactions on a video call to a loved one in isolation.”
They include Senita Appiakorang (Shookrah), Zaska, Hudis (Super Silly), Breezy iDeyGoke, Neolithic, Paj, James Smith (Gypsies On The Autobahn, Yurn), Darce, Ríona Sally Hartman, EleventyFour, members of the Major 7ths Dennis Cassidy, Keith Fennell, Graham Heaney, Johnny Taylor, Gráinne McCarthy (LaGracia), Rebecca McFadden and more to be spotted.
“The genesis of this collaboration came from my group playing gigs with both Jamel (Shy Mascot) and Tolü, I was already a huge fan of both artists. I had the song’s chorus and beat – it gave me an early 2000’s Neosoul vibe. Tolü and Jamel wrote their verses, the Major 7ths added their parts and the song came together really organically.”
Vocals & composition – Danny Groenland, Tolü Makay, Jamel Franklin
Beats – Dennis Cassidy & Danny Groenland
Piano – Johnny Taylor
Bass – Graham Heaney
Mixed by Ken McCabe, Wolfhound Sound
Mastered by Fergal Davis