Celebrated Eora/Sydney R&B producer and frontrunner Milan Ring today unveils her balmy new single and video ‘Mangos’. As daylight wanes and the mercury dips, ‘Mangos’ is a reminder that the sun is never far from reach, a perfect accoutrement as Summertime lands in the Southern Hemisphere. Out now via Astral People Recordings, the single Milan Ring’s first new solo music since the release of her acclaimed late 2021 debut LP I’m Feeling Hopeful, which featured collaborations with Che Lingo, Jean Deaux and more.
Landing as the fullest and most distilled expression of her beguiling talents to date, ‘Mangos’ ushers in a playful and inquisitive new era for Milan. A homage to a Summer love affair, ‘Mangos’ crackles with humidity and longing, feelings of desire wrapped around a cherubic, pitch-shifted vocal hook - “I want to see you”. Weightless and oozing hazy giddiness, ‘Mangos’ is an amorous Eden, an idyll away from earthly realities that invites wide-eyed, euphoric immersion. With a mercurial composition recalling the languorous energy of Gabriel Garzón-Montano, the track also represents the first time we hear Milan weave the Guzheng, a Chinese harp, into her songwriting - a musical representation of her Chinese heritage.
Of the single, Milan shares that “‘Mangos’ started from an instrumental, drumless sample that 18YOMAN and I had created together. Then, when I was away on a little solo summer retreat in Australia, I produced the beat, added in the Guzheng, the guitars and the rest of the song unfolded very quickly.” Shot by Chris Chance, produced by Single Channel Films and edited by Jordan Kirk, the single’s evocative, elliptical video feels like a cut-and-paste collage of the summertime, shot on location in London whilst Milan was touring throughout Europe earlier this year, in her words, “[carrying] on with that away-from-home feeling.”