Euphoria (Original Score From The HBO Series)
There isn't a lot in contemporary music that Labrinth can't do. The London-based artist is a singer, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer who has enjoyed success as a solo artist while also working alongside such stars as the Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, and Sia. Although he has released only two solo albums, Electronic Earth (2012) and Imagination and the Misfit Kid (2019), he has regularly appeared near or at the top of the U.K. singles chart since the dawn of the 2010s, whether as a featured artist (Tinie Tempah's "Frisky"), headliner (including the number one hit "Beneath Your Beautiful"), or group member (LSD's "Thunderclouds"). This work has been supplemented with original music for television, specifically the HBO series Euphoria.
Born Timothy McKenzie, the London-based Labrinth first emerged as a triple-threat artist in 2008 when he wrote, produced, and sang on rapper Master Shortie's 2008 track "Dead End." A year later he was working with fellow U.K. artists Tinchy Stryder and Chipmunk, but it was 2010 when he really broke, beginning with his guest spot on Tinie Tempah's smash hit "Frisky." His remix of Gorillaz's "Stylo" landed that same year, and soon labels were offering Labrinth behind-the-scenes songwriting and production deals.
But Simon Cowell, the music mogul behind American Idol and The X Factor, saw it differently. Early in the summer it was announced that Cowell had signed Labrinth as an artist to his Syco imprint, making him the first act in six years to be signed to the label without taking part in one of Cowell's talent shows. Labrinth's debut single for the label, "Let the Sun Shine," arrived that August and reached number three on the U.K. pop chart. At the beginning of 2011, Labrinth started work on his debut album. Juggling production work for the likes of Ms. Dynamite and working on the BBC Children in Need's 2011 charity single "Teardrop," the first new material from Labrinth saw the light of day in October 2011. The single "Earthquake" (a collaboration with Tinie Tempah), debuted on the U.K. singles chart at number two.
Beauty Behind the MadnessLabrinth's debut album, Electronic Earth, was released sixth months later. It featured the previous hits and three additional smash singles, including the chart-topping "Beneath Your Beautiful," a collaboration with Emeli Sandé. Labrinth soon began work on a follow-up, but while numerous singles appeared from the album's sessions, including "Let It Be" (number 11, U.K. pop) and "Jealous" (number seven, U.K. pop), the full-length has yet to appear after missing several rescheduled release dates. However, Labrinth stayed in the public eye with guest appearances on singles by Tinie Tempah ("Lover Not a Fighter"), Sigma ("Higher"), and the Weeknd ("Losers"). Labrinth also remained in demand as a producer for the likes of the Weeknd (the Grammy-nominated Beauty Behind the Madness, as well as Starboy), Ed Sheeran (÷), and Noah Cyrus ("Again").
Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present LSDAdditional Labrinth solo singles were issued from 2017 to mid-2019. More significantly during this period, he formed the pop trio LSD with Sia and Diplo, issuing singles including "Genius," "Audio," and the hit "Thunderclouds," a Top 20 U.K. entry that also went Top Five in France. These singles were gathered on the full-length Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present LSD. Later in 2019, Labrinth took on a new role when he provided the original score for the HBO series Euphoria. By the end of the year, he'd released the proper follow-up to Electronic Earth, Imagination and the Misfit Kid.
Milan Records, an imprint of Sony Music Masterworks, today releases'EUPHORIA (ORIGINAL SCORE FROM THE HBO SERIES)'with music by chart-topping, multiplatinum-selling artist and producer'LABRINTH.''Available everywhere now, the album features score music from the first season of the hit HBO series and marks Labrinth's first-ever project as lead composer.'
Written and recorded in close collaboration with the show's writer Sam Levinson, his original compositions feature prominently throughout the series as a sonic companion to the show's angst-driven narrative.''The resulting 26-track collection is a genre blending mix of gospel, soul and electronic influences, indicative both of Labrinth's imitable style as well as the show's deeply moving storyline.''
Of the album,'LABRINTH'says, "My experience with'Euphoria'has made me a better musician. It was a dream come true to give wings and add magic to the different storylines. It was a collaborative effort among Sam Levinson, the crew and the cast - I only added texture to an already phenomenal show. I hope that anyone who listens to the music embraces feeling something."
Labrinth pulls off yet another pristine, passionate endeavour through his latest number ‘No Ordinary.' The British singer-songwriter has always displayed a knack for taking simple melodies and working wonders with them, and he does so again with this latest feature.
The composition is gentle but magical in its own way, especially when coupled with Labrinth's soulful, touching voice that seems to hit every feeling in the range. The first verse makes use of light bass instrumentation that is resounding without being overpowering; the vast majority of the focus is on Labrinth's phenomenal vocal range that's underscored at each and every step of the way. What gives the composition the extra edge is the vocal layering and overlapping that carries us all the way to the chorus. His voice is so powerful that even the moderate notes are charged with an all-consuming force. The lyrics refer to both ‘devotion' and ‘Holy Ghost,' hinting to the religious stylings of the melody, though they're never hammered in.
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Open the glitter-streaked pages of HBO's Euphoria, and you'll find that the musical gospel according to television composer/producer Labrinth is one of love and sacrifice, heartache and hard truths. For his debut live performance of season closer "All for Us," the newly minted Emmy winner oversees a chorus of Danny Elfman-like "oohs" and Yeezus-inspired "ahhs," culminating in the ultimate question: What would you do, and what would you lose, for another? And will it even be enough?
-Joni Deutsch, WFAE's Amplifier
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UK singer and producer Labrinth just scored his first-ever Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics thanks to his Euphoria soundtrack standout, "All For Us." The song, which ended the emotional rollercoaster first season, was nominated alongside Pharrell and Chad Hugo's "Letter to My Godfather" from The Black Godfather, Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore's "One Less Angel" from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' "The Way It Used to Be" from Watchmen. Reznor and Ross won the Emmy for the dramatically-titled Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special award.
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