Inside StoneBridge 'The Morning After'
Did you have a good night of sleep? We hope you did, cause the third artist album of Swedish house chef StoneBridge is about to rub the sleep from your eyes! ‘The Morning After’ album is now available on iTunes and via ArmadaShop.com.
Tickets to the official album release party, April 9th in Escape, Amsterdam, are still available!
StoneBridge provides you a 10 track ride into soulful, sexy and steaming hot house. Talented vocalists like Dayeene, La Trice and Erire gave their best to fill Stone’s album with quality vocals. Now that the album is out, StoneBridge would like to share the story about the tracks. How the arrangements and vocals got together, what inspired Stone to make them and why he felt they needed to be on the album.
Let’s have a look inside ‘The Morning After’, with StoneBridge himself!
"This song was one of the first I made for this album. The vocal came from Erire and I built a slamming track around it, but it lacked that certain magic I feel is important on an artist album so I started over from scratch with some ideas from a recent remix. Because of this the song has a very unusual structure without a defined chorus, but sometimes you go with the flow and worry less about what is what."
"I remixed a South African band called Flash Republic a few years ago and I felt the singer was incredible so I approached the label. A few months later I finally got hold of the singer, Tamara, who was up for a collaboration it so I created something similar to the song I remixed for them to make her feel comfortable. After months of not hearing anything from her, I got this back and almost fell of my chair. I don't know where the inspiration for the music came from and it's not a typical StoneBridge record even though it has elements some remixes I've done recently."
The Morning After.
"I felt it was time to bring back my girls DaYeene and this song fit them perfectly as it has a big melodic chorus and generally open sound. It's a new version of a song I remixed back in 2005 with Korean artist Mink. I spent months on the production with different approaches and it was my friend Chris Kaeser that came up with the chopped bass line idea that made it onto the final version."
Trees Against My Window.
"I met La Trice when recording another track on the album and she knew one of the Mood II Swing guys, Lem Springsteen so we put together a session in New York and wrote and recorded most of it in one day. Lem's studio has a great view of the Manhattan skyline and it was incredibly inspiring writing the song seeing that."
Feeling This Way.
"One day I heard one of my sons working on something that totally blew me away and I asked him if I could use it for my upcoming album. I finished the backing track and sent it to Kaysee, who had been sending me e-mails about doing something together. I felt this track would be great as it's something completely different for her and she wrote a killer top line for it."
I Love It.
"When I started working on this album, this was the very first song I had. Anita Kelsey had it laying around and asked her if I could have a go. What I came up with then sounded completely different and went through major surgery at least three times before I came up with the final idea which is a bit more rock & roll and vintage. Chris Malinchak gave me some interesting sequences based on one of the previous track ideas and my long time guitar hero George Nakas played some spaced out guitar drops. Finally, I dusted off the bass and guitar and laid down some bits myself."
"Wawa are two incredibly talented producers from Warsaw and even though we have done a few things before we haven't done a full song so we felt it was time in early 2009. We agreed that there's far too little groovy house with a happy message around so that's what we decided to do. The singer, Nanchang Nancy has a very US sounding voice and was a perfect fit on the vibe we created."
Don't Say U Love Me.
"This song is the typical British sounding one of the album and Lisa Law came up with the perfect top line. I got the DaYeene girls in to do some backing vocals, but other than that it's what we came up with and nailed straight away."
"On one of my trips to New York in 2009, me and Chris Malinchak discussed house production and where it's all going. As a challenge, we decided to do a track sounding like it was made on analogue gear back in 1992, when there were a lot of major talent like Cathy Dennis and Danny D doing house music. After a few hours we were jumping in the studio and felt we had something incredible in the works. After consulting every contact in my phone book about a singer that would match it, we found La Trice from Sounds of Blackness, who rocked it beyond any expectations. This is probably one of my top three proudest moments as a writer and producer."
"My other son Damien was playing around with some chords and I just felt I needed it for this project. DaYeene then delivered the top line and vocals and George Nakas the guitar and bass licks. A truly organic song without contemporary structure, just a great vibe all the way through and the perfect way to end the album."