Stella Emmett – No ThanksNo Thanks
by New-York-based artist Stella Emmett
is quietly catchy and marries energetic four-to-the-floor drums and peircing synth arps with a melancholic vocal melody and calming keyboard lines. The song gives us a taste of what's coming on Stella's debut LP scheduled for release on one of our favourite labels Double Denim Records
: "When Mike (producer Mike Dvorscak)
showed me the first draft of the beat that would become No Thanks, I was instantly reminded of my mom's workout playlists from back in the day. I would wake up on a Saturday morning to Madonna's "Ray of Light" absolutely blasting through my bedroom floor. Having her workout time with music cranked to 11 has always been a big part of my mom's routine, and to this day she is in better shape than I am. I felt like Mike had captured something energetic yet melancholy with his beat, and I wanted to lean into that.
Mike did the basic drum track on an MPC 1000 and the chords on a Korg Minilogue, literally the next day I recorded a scratch vocal that included those same first two lines: "People think they know me, but they don't want to put in the work." The final touch was that electronic piano in the last chorus - to find that sound we were really inspired by Bruce Hornsby and David Gray. "Please Forgive Me" is a classic. We also had some help from our friend Evan Marre, who perfectly recreated a drum sample that we took from a disco record, so that we could actually release the song.No Thanks
itself is just about feeling drawn to someone, and suspecting they might feel the same way, but not being sure about what to do with that energy. It's like do you want to hear from me? Do you not? That whole guessing game."