It’s been five years since we last heard any solo material from Sydney producer Jonti, but his new single “Scrood” makes me wonder how we ever went so long. Blending Kaytranada-like drums beneath a neo-soul palette, Jonti crafts a gem of a song that seemingly refracts sunshine into its component parts. The Internet’s Steve Lacy shows up to croon alongside Jonti’s blurred harmonies and offer the kind of tonally evocative guitar-work that showed up all over his own recent solo project. In the song’s colorful Daniel ‘O Toole-directed video, we see watercolor flowers fade into the foreground above a performance video. Jonti’s face is just a silhouette, but its cast in a vibrant hue, much the same kind that’s been poured over the entirety of his impossible-to-hate track. Here’s his background on the song’s origins:
“Scrood” was born out of a late night jam with Steve Lacy in Los Angeles last June. When I took it home I envisioned a story to go with it of a man walking through a burning city to get to this person he loves. Which is a metaphor, saying that even though it feels like the world is falling apart, I’m still going to try do my best and soldier forward with love.