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With Houston’s Deep Cuts sharing news of their new single “Friends” ft. Charles available now from Go Bang Go Records, we present the world premiere of the Sade cover b-side “Hang On To Your Love” that works in radical new romantic rhythms & ways. Chase Harris & Zach Alderman specialize in those twinkling types of tracks that have a natural sparkle & shimmer that recalls your favorite rhythms, blues & creative cadences where the sky feels like the limit for the duo. Following up their strings of singles & EPs with a full length album currently in the works with engineer Steve Christensen; Deep Cuts continue to carve deeper than many to make music that stems straight from the heart, spirit & mind.

“Hang On To Your Love” zeros in on the adult contemporary components of Sade’s eternal classic and actually attempts to make the smooth as silk original even smoother & sweeter. While there is little to no comparison to the 1984 wonder; Chase & Zach bust out all the musical artillery at their disposal to make a track worthy of being released in the mid-80s. The production matches Chase’s restrained & intimate delivery by providing a host of sound sourced subtext that makes for a sensuous track that works in ways that cater to a sublime sense of feeling that conjures thoughts of trysts enjoyed behind closed curtains. Harris sings out Sade’s lover’s rock lyrics as keys & understated percussion collects around like a constellation of synthesizers abiding by their own sequential orders, schemes, designs & textures.

Deep Cuts’ own Chase & Zach shared the following reflections on their Sade cover:

“Hang On To Your Love” was a favorite of ours for a while. We played it live exactly like the original version, but when we sat down to track it we ended up changing the song quite a bit. The harmony is completely different, the form of the song is restructured, and I tried to pull the overall vibe of the song towards a modern top 40 sound. I was jamming a lot of Drake and Bruno Mars. I think we did a good job of transforming some of the original elements: the bass line is in the keys, we sampled the vocal hook and pitched it down, and we turned the guitar lick they do in live videos into a big outro jam.

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