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Beta Frontiers Takes Living Room Electro-Pop to New Heights on "Still Love"

Hear the Toronto producer's collaboration with Vancouver's HUMANS from his upcoming Buzz Records EP.

Corinne Przybyslawski

Corinne Przybyslawski

Kevin Jones

While he started Beta Frontiers in his living room as a DIY electronic project, for his latest EP, Toronto producer Michael Butler wanted to experiment with more traditional pop forms.

Out May 5 on Buzz RecordsHeights explores 4/4 rhythms and prioritizes vocals, featuring guest appearances by the likes of DIANA's Carmen Elle and Twist's Laura Hermiston. Today we're premiering the second single, "Still Love," a collaborative effort with Vancouver-based electro-pop duo HUMANS that's been nearly two years in the making.

"The demo that I initially sent the HUMANS guys, Robbie [Slade] and Peter [Ricq], was based just around the drums and live bass," the producer tells THUMP over email. "The rest was built around the narrative of the lyrics, uplifting, but with a hint of sadness. You're being rejected, but you're still in love."

Between the rich 808s driving the the hook, Slade's vocals, and the funk-tinged guitar lick that introduces the melody in the opening bars, "Still Love" is hopelessly catchy from start to finish.

Check out the track below and pre-order Heights here.

Heights Tracklist:

1. Rangor
2. Still Love (feat. HUMANS)
3. Stars Align (feat. Laura Hermiston)
4. If I Stayed (feat. Carmen Elle)
5. Fantasy

Corinne Przybyslawski is on Twitter.