Following the release of her March debut record ‘Miss Universe’, West London’s Nilüfer Yanya has shared a brand new reworking of album cut ‘Heat Rises’. With a different structure, additional production, an entirely new mix, and some numbers in the title because why tf not, ‘H34T RISES’ is the fantastic result.
Talking on the reworking, Nilüfer says: “The original song ‘Heat Rises’ came together over a year or so, maybe. I felt really lucky I was able to work with Dave Okumu on this, there was a lot to learn just being in the room with him. I had the rough demo and beat on my phone for maybe a year, but it wasn’t until the lyrics were fully realised that that it really took shape as a song for me. The original track works perfectly in the album but when I decided to re-release it as a single, I thought a few changes to the mix and structure might help it jump out more and that’s where ‘H34T RISES’ came from.”
Sharing the accompanying visuals too, the vid was shot in Istanbul by Nilüfer’s sister Molly Daniels and follows Nilüfer on the run from a secret agent, supposedly from the omnipresent WWWAYHealth. “I thought whilst I was making Miss Universe - ‘WWAY Health is out to get us, they’re the bad guys.’ She explains. “But when it came to making the video for Heat Rises it dawned on me that the enemy tends to be better disguised!”
“Me and Nilufer hadn’t considered shooting in Istanbul, but once the thought had entered our head we wanted to stick with it,” Molly continues. “I felt like Istanbul would really fit the concept and it was really nice to be able to work with a female led and Turkish crew. I remember finding out my mum was pregnant with Nilufer when we lived in Istanbul, so returning to work there together as adults really felt like we had come full circle.”
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