It's been less than a year since Marvin Priest made his spectacular entrance to the Australian music scene with his debut single ‘Own This Club’. The thumpin’ track peaked at #6 on the ARIA singles chart and achieved double platinum status. His epic second single ‘Take Me Away’ featuring the #1 pop princess Wynter Gordon followed the same path of success and is now certified gold.
Priest’s debut mini-album, the soulful and sophisticated Beats & Blips will be unveiled on Friday 25 November. The London-born, Australian-based singer says he made Beats & Blips with one objective in mind.
‘I really wanted to make an album that makes you dance,’ he says of this eight-track debut. ‘It takes you on a nice little journey. It makes you dance but it’s also got a few moments where you can just chill and listen to the music.’
Beats & Blips saw Marvin collaborate with some of the hottest producers, singers, writers, mixers and remixers around the planet – including the legendary multi-Grammy winning mixer Serban Ghenea (Taio Cruz, Ke$ha, Chris Brown, Katy Perry), plus Fredrik ‘Fredro’ Odesjo (‘a Swedish white Rastafarian living in New York,’ according to Marvin, whose other production credits include Sugababes, Wynter Gordon, Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian), as well as local bred talent, including Melbourne’s Styalz Fuego (who’s worked with, among others, Kelis and Snoop) and from Sydney, production duo Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci, better known as DNA.
Add to this incredible list four-time Grammy winner Manny Marroquin (Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Usher, Kid Sister, Will.I.Am) and the legendary Phil Tan (Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah, Ludacris).
Despite drawing on this extraordinary collection of collaborators, plus working on the album right across the globe, as far and wide as Priest’s hometown of London, across to New York, and here in Australia, what makes Beats & Blips hold together so brilliantly is that it is 100 per cent Priest’s musical vision. And, of course, there’s that voice.
The next single to land before the birth of Beats & Blips is the massive summer anthem ‘Feel The Love’ featuring New York hip hop star Fatman Scoop. The track was written and produced by DNA and Priest, the team behind the smash hit ‘Own This Club’, and then mixed by multi Grammy award winner Manny Marroquin in Los Angeles.
Get ready to dance. You won’t be able to help yourself.