Taken from his forthcoming second album O.M. Days, out on April 9th via the ever brilliant Heavenly Records, ‘Always Fly’ (feat. Terri Walker) is the new single from Raf Rundell.
Of the single, Raf says “Here, my dears, is a piece of Grown and Sexy R’nB for the 20’s. Lady Terri Walker, a true treasure of London’s music scene is ALWAYS FLY.,” while Terri adds “You can trust US, lose control. As we giving you that good good music from the soul! You’ll see when you watch the video. Pure joy!”
The track is this gorgeous funk inflected slice of soul strutting, with hip-hop beats banging away in the background. It has something of the 70s about it, as Walker and Rundell trade and create some lovely harmonies. Packed with attitude and style, it also has just about the catchiest chorus of the year.
Wind your windows down, adjust your shades, and dive in.
Today Raf Rundell has shared new track “Always Fly (ft. Terri Walker)”, the latest track to be taken from his forthcoming second album, O.M. Days, which will be released on Friday April 9th, 2021 on Heavenly Recordings and also features the likes of Chas Jankel, Lias Saoudi, John Higgs and Andy Jenkins. The track is accompanied by a video that you can watch HERE.
For those not familiar with the name, Terri Walker first broke through in the UK as a featured artist in a string of UKG tracks, including the Top Twenty hit “Sing-A-Long” (for Shanks & Bigfoot) before garnering a string of nominations for her debut album Untitled (Mercury Music Prize, four MOBO nods, all in 2003). She has subsequently released three more albums as well as has collaborated with numerous industry luminaries, from veteran soulman Omar to post-dubstep chieftain Donaeo.
Last seen a couple of years back on his debut long-player Stop Lying, Raf said of “Always Fly”:
The video for the track takes inspiration from the promo clip made for George Michael & Aretha Franklin’s 1987 hit “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”. Talking about the video, director Milo says: “Reinventing George Michael and Aretha’s I Knew You Were Waiting video for Raf’s earworm Always Fly was quite a ride. As you can see, the shoot was a top buzz, and everyone involved brought the magic – It couldn’t have been more fly! Share it and sing it.”
Raf’s forthcoming album O.M. Days is a modern day incantation exploring that magical cross-section between art and nature. Invoking the giant of Dawson’s Hill, a Green Man spirit inextricably linked to Raf’s locale in South London, the forthcoming Spring equinox on March 30th will see Raf and collaborator and fellow traveller Ben Edge reconnect with the ancient and walk the streets of London mapping out the shape of Dawson’s head creating their own folklore with the rite and re-emphasizing the value of the world beneath our feet.