The Range has shared another track from his new album, Potential, which comes out at the end of the week. “Copper Wire” features sampled vocals from a Youtube video by London rapper Kruddy Zak, who was 13 at the time it was recorded five years ago before it was repurposed for this song. It’s also the only track on Potential that uses two coexisting samples: “That was intriguing to me because it’s hard to find something that fits within a palette, let alone two different vocal samples that work together,” James Hinton explained in our recent interview with him. He expanded on the personal nature of the track in a press release:
I think a lot of my favorite lyrics on Potential allude to coming to terms with a difficult time in your life – that moment of acceptance when you finally allow yourself to drop your guard and admit you’ve been hit with something hard. Zak’s verse has a piece in it that states ’09 was emotional / it’s a memory / I wish that everything was still the same’ and that hit me particularly deeply as that was the year I lost my mom. Writing this song was the first time I ever talked about that moment in my music, and I think it was an important step in dealing with how I was feeling to finally get some words about it down on paper.