Spinning hot off the heals of her Top 5 Club Chart Hit, 'Eye Roll' earlier this year, pioneering British singer/songwriter, Di, demonstrates that she's a girl who's not afraid to face controversy head-on as she releases her new single 'Opium' to the dancing masses on 26 August, on hot new label, Jellify Records. With a host of remixes including Todd Terry, Justin Wilkes and Rich B & Phil Marriott, 'Opium' is rapidly snowballing attention across specialist dance radio and the summer club circuit for its addictive chant and deep intoxicating loops, whilst the video defiantly provokes controversy with its intentionally shocking visuals. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, it's done its job!
Young, vibrant and keen to provoke audiences into 'thought' as well as 'dance', Di is an independent girl who isn't afraid to state her mind and relishes shock-provoking methods to get herself heard. As Britain still reels in the aftermath of Brexit and governments and financial institutions spin out of control, confused at which way to turn, Di calls on the masses to find a haven of 'calm' amongst the craziness. She believes music is the best way to inject a melodic-chill into her audiences. Pinching this crazy, high-octane, weapon-entrenched world of disillusionment and destruction between her fingers, Di presents her new track 'Opium' as her metaphoric solution to our global situation; a melodic chill-pill to stop our internal combustion of madness.
Overtly onomatopoeic, 'Opium' deliciously induces the listener into a hypnotic state of delirium. Cajoling, chanting and captivating us into its addictive loops and beats, this track really does the job of chilling us out, then getting us up on our feet.
However, Di, isn't convinced that 'calm' will instantly happen, she believes that we almost need to be shocked into a state where we'll actually stop our chaotic lives for long enough to pay attention to what she has to say. That's where her highly controversial video plays its vital role of provocative shock inducer as the uncomfortably un-stereotypical Ursula captivates us with her jaw-dropping antics.
"'Opium' is inspired by Karl Marx's analogy to religion being an opiate. It got me thinking that we all need something that will elevate our consciousness, taking us to a higher place, beyond the craziness of the world we live in," explains Di, "Marx's analogy is contentious and makes people think/debate and I wanted to create music that had the same affect. That's why we created such a beautifully controversial video."
Don't believe that you can be shocked? Just watch...