UK singer Riva Taylor has released her brand new single titled “Colours Of Blue”, which was produced by Juan Valdez and Craigie Dodds (Gorillaz, Amy Winehouse) and features Mexican artist Ervin River.
The track was written between London and Mexico City, and it tells a story of a romantic summer fling. Sonically, you can hear the new sounds that Riva has been learning and exploring, having spent the year immersed in Jazz, Bossa Nova and Samba elements, and learning Spanish.
The sound is a refreshing breather amongst the contemporary pop space thanks to an infusion of Latin pop elements reminiscent of heatwaves in the city or sundown on a tropical beach. The new track encapsulates the flavour of Riva’s long-time music inspirations and marks a new chapter for her.
Speaking about the track, Riva Taylor says, “I’ve loved collaborating with Mexican artist Ervin River on Colours Of Blue and have been learning Spanish in lockdown so was excited to get the chance to bring it to one of my songs.
The hook, translates: ‘I arrive, you arrive, kisses, bye bye’ brings a light hearted bounce to a classic melody, and the colours of blue refer to the sea, the sky as well as the sadness of transient love. Riva means something similar in many languages: ‘the shore’ – (French) or ‘from the shore’ – (Italian) so we are off to some exotic places on the new record for those who want to jump on board! First stop: Mexico City!”
Ervin River’s hit song Complicado has been streamed over 23 million times. The single artwork is in collaboration with visual artist Krishna, who drew inspiration from Matisse and his abstract expression of female form that emerged as part of the jazz movement in the 19th Century.
Riva Taylor has spent the past year working on new music with the likes of John Foyle (FKA Twigs, Sampha, The XX), Jakwob (Celeste, Little Simz, Charlie XCX), Jamie Hartman (Rag n Bone Man, Celeste, Lewis Capaldi), Katie Melua, Jimmy Hogath (Amy Winhouse, Sia) and Craigie Dodds (Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith), and we can’t wait to hear what she’s been working on.
Listen to “Colours Of Blue” below: