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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


LIFTED is due out April 8!

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Acclaimed Sydney producer Hayden James has announced the release of his hotly-anticipated sophomore album, LIFTED. Set to arrive this April, the producer has shared a taste of the record with his new single, Hold Tight.

Serving as a message of hope at the end of a lengthy two years, the energetic track sees James team up with Elderbrook and Cassian, with the song serving as a reminder that we will be reunited with loved ones, and to hold on to each other through life's harder times . Built upon exhilarated synths, piano stabs and classic house chords, the dance floor ready track is another shining moment from the producer, ushering an exciting new era.

This is a big summertime piano house record that took a while to perfect but once it was done I knew it would fit the vibe of the album perfectly.I also really love the meaning of the song, which is about two people who are drifting away at moments but come back to realize what's important. I like people to figure out songs themselves, I don’t like to go ‘this is what this song is specifically about’, because there's so many different meanings that people take away, so many different lessons from different songs. But this one, it feels like such a strong call to hang in there, and get back to what you love doing or back to that person you love and just hold tight.“ James says of the track.

Having begun working on the album in late 2020, the producer had one thought in mind whilst making the record; to bring people together once again and unite through music. Enlisting Boo Seeka, Jem Cooke, SIDEPIECE, YAEGER, Elderbrook and Cassian across the collection of songs, the record is set to capture the energy of James' live shows, made complete with lush production and captivating vocal textures.

James adds of the record, “LIFTED” was born out of the yearning for some light and positivity after a tough last few years for everyone. As I started writing the album, I kept coming back to the idea of creating something energetic and live and super uplifting that could bring people together again. I began working on the album late 2020 and used all the time off I had from touring to make something special because I knew the return to live music would be epic, a major vibe. The result is a huge emotional, energetic dance record, with elements of piano-house, melodic house and a positive tone and feel that can be found across all tracks. When I write an album, everything has a place and a purpose, and it’s all part of the bigger story. I’m so happy with the journey of this album."

LIFTED is due out April 8! Listen to Hold Tight below.


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