Born Stranger

FRESH: ‘Sweet Harmony’ – Born Stranger

Born Stranger release their version of The Beloved’s classic “Sweet Harmony”.

Rising electronic pop artist Born Stranger brings back a 90’s classic with his cover of The Beloved‘s “Sweet Harmony” available now on Radikal Records. Produced by Harry Tarlton and mixed by Yoad Nevo (Sia, Pet Shop Boys, Goldfrapp), Born Stranger’s updated spin on the track sits well alongside artists such as Daft Punk, Maroon 5 and The Weeknd. Powered by its bright guitars, synths and soulful vocals, Born Stranger has crafted another infectious pop groove.

The artist says of the song “Sweet Harmony” is one of those 90’s classics that everyone has heard before, but for the most part, forgotten about. I was listening to the track last year and thought it needed to be heard by this generation. It’s a song about putting your differences aside and looking at the big picture. I think the message of unity is relevant more than ever right now”.

“Sweet Harmony” was released in February 1993 and reached No.8 in the UK and No.23 on the US Hot Club play chart as well as being a top ten hit across Europe.  Jon Marsh and Steve Waddington aka The Beloved formed in 1983 and first hit the charts in 1989 with “The Sun Rising” and again in 1990 with “Hello”. Waddington left the group in 1991 and was replaced by Marsh’s wife Helena. “Sweet Harmony” was the lead single from their fourth studio album “Conscience” and is remembered for the nude video, featuring Marsh and a ‘harem’ of men and women all naked (one of which is TV presenter Tess Daly!), although it was filmed in such a way that nothing too risky was seen and therefore escaped any censoring.

Born Stranger are David Maddox Jones and Raife Hacking. The influence of classic acts along with a passion for modern production and songwriting is the inspiration for Born Stranger; big production, massive hooks with a fresh feel yet with classic songwriting steeped in the boldness of the 1980’s via 2016. Raised on hymns with no television or radio, David started writing songs when he was 7. “When you learn to do something so young it becomes a part of you.” Raife was a drummer growing up and only later got into production after being hugely inspired by Anthony Gonzalez writing and production in M83. You can hear that epic, bold style all over first single “The Fire & The Flame” which is an ode to lost young love. The band say “It’s that moment of realisation when you suddenly know that you and your childhood are just not meant for each other any-more,” set to a backdrop of big synth hooks, drums and riffs It looks certain to be their 1st outing.

Born Stranger really started life in early 2015 when, frustrated with their current situation, they contacted Kwame Kwaten via Claire Coulton, with some demos for an album they had just finished. “There’s potential, great songs but needs something extra In the production” were Kwame’s first words to the band about 30 minutes after the first email was sent. He promptly set up a meeting with Claire and the band to discuss a way forward-Claire soon after joined Ferocious Talent Management with Born Stranger.

Born Stranger are inspired by pop music with a deeper layer, a hidden darkness. They draw inspiration from any of their favourite Artists – Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode right through to The Weeknd or Sia. A great pop song speaks to everyone of us and resonates because it expresses our most human desires and makes sense of the world, creating a shared experience.

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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!