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SWEATR - Single Review: Every Time Feat. teens

02 Dec 2021 // A review by Danica Bryant

Music producer Will Henderson, known for efforts with Janine, CHAII and Foley, launches his own artist project SWEATR with the release of single Every Time, in collaboration with teens. It's an electronic fanfare booming with bass, 808s and distinct personality.

From its explosive opening moments of vocal distortion, Every Time promises to be a thundering pop track. The production is clear and full, bursting with detail and urging listeners to stomp and clap to the pounding beat. 808s fill the percussion up with style and power, as dark chants of "every time I look at you" shape the song and give it structure and a strong catchy melody. 

Whilst the lyrics are traditional pop fodder, narrating the difficult break-up of a platonic relationship, mature vocals and emotion from Christina Rose, better known as teens, perfectly meld with SWEATR's work. Her singing lifts his sounds without distracting from either of their efforts. The track is noticeably short, clocking in at only 2:42, but this snappy timeframe ultimately gives the listener just enough whilst leaving them wanting more from the pair of pop musos.

Declaring the next year to be filled with more performances, releases and general stardom from both teens and SWEATR, Every Time is a strong introduction to their collaborative style. It's a sure-fire festival hit worth your attention as another Kiwi summer hits the scene.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )


Meet SWEATR. Acclaimed producer Will Henderson has been living behind the scenes, brewing beats for the likes of Janine, Niko Walters, CHAII and Foley - now stepping into the spotlight with his debut artist project. While he’s been working in the industry for a decade, his independent project is the heavy hitting side of his work we haven’t heard before. High energy, huge hooks, electronic music you come back to again and again.

SWEATR’s production career started out under the guidance of Josh Fountain (BENEE, MAALA, Leisure), and has led him working alongside some of Aotearoa’s pop greats. He now sits firmly as a staple producer in the scene, giving him freedom to move into his artist side.

SWEATR’s new sound comes first and foremost from a passion for synthesisers, earworm melodies, heavy bass and distorted beauty. Early influences included The Prodigy and Pendulum and now, more recently, Lauv, Louis The Child and Charli XCX.

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