‘In My Room’ the latest single from French dance music producer Dombresky on Insomniac Records, features acclaimed singer-songwriter SHELLS evoking the sensual, soulful sounds of R&B.
The French prodigy Quentin Dombres, who spent over 20 years honing his craft in his native country, introduced his Dombresky moniker in 2015. After huge successes like ‘Simple Hit‘, ‘Futurmastic‘ and his most recent track, ‘Jack Machine‘ with the label regular Noizu, he has subsequently established himself as a consistent presence in the Insomniac Records library. Dombresky makes a great start to the year with ‘In My Room’, keeping the beats moving after a string of bangers in 2022 that included ‘El Beso‘, ‘Bubblin‘ and ‘Save Our Souls‘.
‘In My Room‘ features the smooth vocal virtuosity of UK-based wonder SHELLS, who has left her mark on tracks by top artists including Vintage Culture, Friction, Kideko, Wilkinson, Bondax, and more. SHELLS’ voice is at once delicate and disorienting. She muses over the possibility of being troubled by the memories of a former lover while working on her newest delivery for Dombresky. Silky rhythm, delicate string pads, shuffling drums, light breakbeat buildup, and pitch-shifting vocal chops that harmonize with the primary motif wonderfully contrast her melancholy lines.
Dombresky confirms the R&B influences of ‘In My Room’ are both overt and intentional:
I purposefully sought out to do something different with this record. I’m a massive R&B fan, and I wanted to create something that was authentic to my musical tastes. I wanted to create something soulful and sexy, while keeping it something that you can play in the club. ‘In My Room’ is a blend of those two worlds.
When Dombresky was listening to some of his favorite R&B tracks, the song ‘In My Room’ came to life. He turned to SHELLS for vocal guidance after forming his musical concepts.
I produced a section and then sent it off to SHELLS, and she immediately had an idea. What she came back with was totally in line with this sort of R&B style that I was going for. We both wanted to weave that kind of soulful sexiness into a traditional house record. She nailed it.
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