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FRESH: ‘Breathe Again’ – Tropic

Innovative electro-R&B duo Tropic release their new single and video for “Breathe Again”.

New York electro-R&B duo Tropic premiered the music video for “Breathe Again [Redux]” today with The Young Folks. The music video features breathtaking autumn aesthetics, smokescreens, and the lavish display of singer Jo-B Sebastian’s Mariah Carey-styled vocals.

Shot on location in the untouched forests of upstate New York, the music video for “Bittersweet [Redux]” marks the conclusion to the story we started with their first music video (“Over You”). Directed by filmmaker Evan Carter, and choreographed by New York-based dance, Emily Garcia. The group wanted to continue the dreamlike post-breakup state we captured in the first video. Juxtaposing the urban setting of the previous video with the lush solitude of the forest allowed us to create a surreal audio-visual experience that perfectly mirrors the song.

NY-based duo Tropic is the eclectic fusion of R&B singer/songwriter Jo-B Sebastian and electronic DJ/producer Phuse (Jarel Hill) that creates a nostalgic, yet forward-thinking sound. Their backgrounds are equally as unique as their music, as Jo-B spent two years in Manila performing residencies at the city’s top clubs, as well as appearing on radio and TV. Jarel Hill (Phuse) won Insomniac’s Discovery Project, played at EDC Las Vegas, and appeared on the reality TV dating show Prospects. This year will see Tropic truly push the boundaries, as they will be releasing over 6 different projects in the forms of songs and music videos in the time span of 3 months, following the July release of their debut EP “Bittersweet”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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