PREP
PREP
PREP ft Anna of the North - Over (out 21st Jan on Bright Antenna)
Four-piece band PREP release two new songs, “Over” featuring Norwegian electro-pop singer/songwriter Anna of the North and “Love Breaks Down”. The first taste of the new music they’re releasing in 2020, these two synth-pop tracks dive into emotional territory, dissecting the de-evolution of relationships over a sleek, funktronic production. Following PREP's 2018 EP Line by Line and "Don’t Look Back", a collaboration with Monsta X singer Shownu & So!YoON! of Korean indie band Se So Neon, the London group are moving into the new year with plans to conquer, starting with a headline US tour in February.  PREP fuse elements of R&B, funk, and jazz into a melting pot of blissfully-styled pop. Emerging in 2016 with head-turning debut EP Futures—which generated over 7 million streams—PREP became one of the most blogged-about acts of the year whilst keeping a veil drawn over their actual identities, disclosing little more than their being the improbable alliance of a hip hop producer, a classically trained composer, a house DJ and a songwriter-for-hire. With widespread critical support and radio love from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, KCRW, and Beats1, the band is turning heads and bringing listeners to "a much-needed funk-fuelled trip to a sun-filled beach,” according to The Line of Best Fit.

Biography

PREP kick 2020 off w/ two new tracks: “Over” ft. Anna of the North & “Love Breaks Down”

 

The first taste of new music from British indie-pop four-piece

 

Debuts “Over” video exclusively via Consequence of Sound

 

“butter smooth yacht-pop” – Rolling Stone 

"dreamy, coastal vibe" — PAPER

"jazzy R&B song that overflows with lush synths" — Billboard

"slinky dose of late-night funk-inspired R&B" — Indie Shuffle

 

(London): Today, four-piece band PREP release two new songs, “Over” featuring Norwegian electro-pop singer/songwriter Anna of the North and “Love Breaks Down”. The first taste of the new music they’re releasing in 2020, these two synth-pop tracks dive into emotional territory, dissecting the de-evolution of relationships over a sleek, funktronic production.

The video for “Over”, premiering exclusively on Consequence of Sound, continues exploring these themes with a daring aesthetic, telling the story of a rich older couple at each other’s throats meandering through a modern-style mansion, getting drunk, and trying to cope with the heartbreak of a love gone wrong. The neon-hued, Tim Fox-directed clip is moved forward by the bass-laden, slow track, perfectly complementing the visuals.

Watch the video for “Over” exclusively on Consequence of Sound:

Lead singer Tom Havelock says that recording the two songs was organic. On “Over”, he talks about the track coming together after spending time with Anna of the North while writing for her last album Dream Girl (out via 300 Entertainment). “There was a day we were together in London and she said she’d be up for coming down to the PREP studio and trying something out. It was just going to be a couple of lines of backing vocals, but she kept singing and she’s pretty much all over the song now. There's so much character in her voice—even the breaths, all the little noises round the edges of the singing —you know straight away it's her.” 

The song takes a page from Steely Dan’s playbook and also has the influence of Rare Silk’s song of the same name, a disembodied jazz synth harmony. “The other guys had made an instrumental with a very particular atmosphere, and when I first listened it took me straight to this place—a bit like the house I imagine in Steely Dan’s 'Aja,' Havelock continues. "Somewhere isolated, a big view, a lot of emotional electricity in the air."

"Love Breaks Down" is an upbeat, funkadelic genre hybrid of R&B and jazzy pop. The band's drummer Giom says "it came to life after we decided to write a party track - something that would work well in our live show and would be more dance-floor based. A very early evening and smooth kind of dance-floor. The Whispers and Shalamar come to mind, but the track pretty much wrote itself.”

PREP are set to kick off a headlining U.S. tour in February that will take them across both coasts. Tour stops include notable venues like Brooklyn's Rough Trade and Los Angeles' Echo. Following PREP's 2018 EP Line by Line and "Don’t Look Back", a collaboration with Monsta X singer Shownu & So!YoON! of Korean indie band Se So Neon, the London group are moving into the new year with plans to conquer.

PREP Tour Dates:
February, 4th - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy
February 5th - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
February 10th - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
February 12th - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
February 13th - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar

About PREP
PREP fuse elements of R&B, funk, and jazz into a melting pot of blissfully-styled pop. Emerging in 2016 with head-turning debut EP Futures—which generated over 7 million streams—PREP became one of the most blogged-about acts of the year whilst keeping a veil drawn over their actual identities, disclosing little more than their being the improbable alliance of a hip hop producer, a classically trained composer, a house DJ and a songwriter-for-hire. With widespread critical support and radio love from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, KCRW, and Beats1, the band is turning heads and bringing listeners to "a much-needed funk-fuelled trip to a sun-filled beach,” according to The Line of Best Fit.