premiere: trip hop duo magna carda floats effortlessly with blood orange singer ava raiin on ethereal single “i’m alive”

January 31, 2017

Imagine a floating through a chamber of sweet smoke, mellow lighting, and cloudy eyes. Now imagine being suspended in that room by velvet wings and hearing potent poetry by a gritty, yet silken voiced songstress. Well open your eyes and press play on trip hop duo Magna Carda’s newest single with Blood Orange singer Ava Raiin, “I’m Alive.” The ethereal soundscape crafted by Dougie Do creates fertile ground for the raspiness of Megz Kelli’s voice to inject some texture, while Ava Raiin’s alto combines with the background of the track for an luminary effect. Magna Carda’s producer Dougie Do had this to say about the track’s creation: “When we came up with the idea for the track back in 2014, Megz envisioned a track where a vulnerable feeling could be put into words. As soon as Megz came up with the hook, Ava’s soulful voice specifically came to mind to complement the synthy dilla-esque beat. Since we were starting to record our debut album and Ava began collaborating with Blood Orange/Dev Hynes, the track was 2 years in the making. Now that we’re recording our sophomore album, we got a chance to connect/collaborate with our homie again and we’re more than honored to have her on the track!” We’re so happy and thankful that this song made it to the light of day and even more excited for the tunes to come. Stream

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

Photo by Sarah Jasmine Montgomery
Prod. by Dougie Do
Written by Megz Kelli
Recorded at Estuary Recording/Engineered by Michael Landon
Mixed by Nick Joswick at 5th St. Studios
Mastered by Erik Wofford