Dance pop duo CHIMES release their highly anticipated, Ninety Four EP via M:UK (Draper, Loop, REID) on 12th May.
CHIMES is the collaboration between London-based duo, pop producer Jamie Draper and multi-genre songwriter/vocalist, Paul Aiden.
With Draper’s love of dance and pop, and Aiden’s experience working within the genres of EDM, folk, rock, R&B and pop, CHIMES is perhaps an unpredictable match, but their natural creative chemistry and shared love of constructing credible, commercial songs with international appeal is what makes them so unique.
Establishing a steady online presence, CHIMES has garnered regular support from BBC Introducing as well as being included in various key Spotify playlists.
The Ninety Four EP comprises of previously released EP tracks, Wolves and Cold, that have drawn praise from the likes of CLASH, Kick Kick Snare, Dancing Astronaut and Going Solo, as well as new single Nite Swimming which features an addictive, melodic drum beat and spine tingling harmonies, creating an incredibly vivid image of floating amongst the stars in space. It is also a little tribute to the late Prince, who would often spell ‘Nite’ this way.
CHIMES explain about the EP,
“The EP captures a blend of creativity and escapism. The themes that run throughout - love, loss, frustration, life, happiness, hopes and dreams - bring meaning but also get you dancing. The title refers to the house number in which we wrote and recorded the majority of the EP!”
Surprisingly, the Ninety Four EP is their first body of work released together, but they have certainly made a bold statement with this EP, showcasing their incredible ability to make infectious dance pop tunes with effervescent electronics and accessible lyrics.
The duo formed in 2014, following speculative songwriting sessions. Since then, Draper and Aiden have been busy applying the skills acquired from working with global artists (Draper has written singles for Cheryl, Låpsley, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora and Little Mix, and Aiden has appeared as a featured artist on top releases worldwide) into making the kind of songs that they are both passionate about.
As CHIMES explain,
“There was space for something new, fresh and powerful to make a mark…hopefully our blend of indie rock combined with mainstream dance music continues to connect with people the way it has been doing at our gigs.”
Live, CHIMES put on an energetic show, creating a special experience that involves maximum audience participation. Their last gig was a sold out headline show at The Old Blue Last in London, and they expect to make an even bigger splash this year, proving that CHIMES are well on their way as becoming one of the most promising artists of 2017.