It takes precisely 23 seconds for Hana to leave you smitten on her song of summertime romance, ‘Be with U’.
Hailing from Southwark, south London, Hana sings with feather-light softness and projects the sultry passion of Aaliyah and Astrud Gilberto at the same time.
The Lonnie Liston Smith-sampling ‘Be with U’ was produced by Suicidal Villain, and feels perfect for golden sands and cloudless skies (“Let’s got to a place only we know / Copacabana, baby, Rio”).
And the producer’s irresistible beat was the genesis for this track, Hana told Fringe Frequency.
“I heard it in a session and I knew straight away I had to jump on it,” she told us. “I started freestyling in my room one day, and the verses just came. Ultimately, I think I just wanted to write something that encapsulated the feeling of being in love, and, looking back now, Brazil was definitely in the back of my mind.”
Old-school R&B, such as Musiq Soulchild, Faith Evans and Sade, are some of Hana’s inspirations. In April, she released another head-turner in ‘So Long’.
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