"nina is a song that i wrote in a hotel room in, i think, chicago. johnny mcdaid from snow patrol, we went on a walk and talked about stuff and got back to his hotel room and he had a laptop with logic on it and there was a piano sample on a wretch 32 track that I was a big fan of and the track had started off, it’s called ‘welcome to my world’ and it’s on his album ‘retrospective’ and it starts off with this piano bit that goes *sings intro* and then starts with the track and it goes off in a totally different direction and i always wished that they’d played on that motif more. so i emailed wretch and asked him to put me in touch with the producer and the producer sent me the stems of just that one part, and i sampled that part and that was the basis for the beat.
i’ve been listening to a lot of anthony hamilton his album ‘coming’ from where i’m from’ and every chorus was basically a choir singing rather than him singing on his own and he’d be inflecting through the choir. He had a song called ‘muma knew love’ where there was like a soprano, and alto, a tenor and a bass singer and *sings song* really, kind of, soul. i kinda, wanted to get that across with this song, have a rap song verse but have a very soul chorus so i stacked up the harmonies and did that bit and did a break down but, and it all has a pay-off where all the parts mic together. that was the second song that was finished for the album. yea, i like that one.”
having ed sing my name is amazing.