Ekko & Sidetrack ft Ruth Royall - Paper Birds
Since signing to Viper in 2018, Australian brothers Jeff and Jono Hansen, professionally known as Ekko & Sidetrack, have been making waves in the world of drum & bass. Singles like ‘Synchronise’ and ‘Let The Light In’ have earned support from the industry’s top tastemakers as well as over a million streams combined, and their recent bootleg of Flume’s ‘Rushing Back’ marked their 7th UKF upload. Undoubtedly one of the hottest acts in drum & bass at the moment, Ekko & Sidetrack continue their hotstreak with their latest single on the label, ‘Paper Birds’.
Opening on a serene, blissful note, the track builds a calming and uplifting atmosphere right from the start. A track three years in the making, Ekko & Sidetrack exhibit a finesse and grace building up to a euphoric drop that is sure to have your heart fluttering. Industry favourite Ruth Royall lends her elegant voice to the track, taking it to new heights with heartfelt lyrics that add to the dreamy nature of the track. Freeing and emotional, the track boasts infectious festival energy that will surely have crowds holdings their loved ones and singing at the top of their lungs, much like ‘Synchronise’ did last year.
Charming and elated, ‘Paper Birds’ is a standout tune from the duo, a special release that Viper are proud to release. With such a bright future ahead and an already impressive back catalogue, Ekko & Sidetrack certainly show no signs of slowing down and have been a consistently welcome member of the growing Viper family.
It's refreshing to have something musically "touching" released in paper thin times like now. With a message of focusing on one's self; it's important to remember the downfalls of codependency. Expressed very clearly by vocalist Ruth Royall, it delivers the message with a pristine production quality and natural vocal character. Ekko & Sidetrack really did a stellar job with this release, both from a writing and design viewpoint, love the tasteful reverb tails. A summer hit to come for many years hereafter.