Electronic music producer Super Duper, aka Josh Hawkins, releases his latest double single, “Growing Pains” and “Sun Haven,” along with announcing a new album, slated to drop later this year.
Talking about the tracks, Super Duper shares, “‘Growing Pains’ was written after discussing long-term relationships. Relationships stretch you and shine a light on your own imperfections but in the end, it only helps to make you a better person by caring for others and learning how to be a good companion. On the production side of this song, I felt like going in a sweeter, nostalgic direction would help further push the optimistic twist of the lyrics. I pitched the vocals up and filtered as many layers as possible to help give it a vintage feel.”
“‘Sun Haven’ was very fun to create. Sometimes when I write songs that stay in the instrumental world, I like to make them feel like a journey with literal checkpoints of new sounds and moments you hit along the way. I wanted to make it feel like a score that a classical composer would create and then flip that idea into a dance song. I was listening to a lot of Fatboy Slim and Jamie XX when I wrote this so it’s a mixed bag of sample-sounding instruments with bits of modern production supporting it.”
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Super Duper broke through with one of his first singles, “Angela,” which topped Hype Machine and slotted in on Spotify’s Viral 50 charts, followed by being picked up by SiriusXM Chill.
With hits like “VHS,” “Vessels to You,” and “First Grade,” Super Duper received features on elite media outlets, along with having his music featured by Google, Lexus, Playstation, and ESPN.
Super Duper recently received a Clio award for scoring the trailer for Steve McQueen’s new motion picture, Widows. He has toured and shared the stage with the leading artists of electronic music, including The Chainsmokers, Petit Biscuit, STS9, Kasbo, The Glitch Mob, and Big Wild.
“Growing Pains” opens on low-slung, gleaming tones topped by delicious, evocative vocals, at once warm and velvety, as creamy, glowing harmonies give the tune radiant depth and dimension. The feel and flow of the harmonics infuse the song with alluring surfaces.
While “Sun Haven” rolls out on a thumping, pushing dance rhythm, providing a matrix for multi-hued layers of luminous, sparkling harmonics. Remote, fluctuating vocals imbue the song with buoyant flavors.
With “Growing Pains” and “Sun Haven,” Super Duper delivers, oh so luscious intertwining layers of rhythms and melodies.
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