Avicii SOS feat. Aloe Blacc out now
Avicii SOS feat. Aloe Blacc out now, TIM drops June 6.
On Monday we reported on the release of a posthumous Avicii album come June 6, in which producers and singers finished tracks Tim was working on before his tragic passing in April 2018.
Yesterday, April 10 marked an emotional day for dance music as the first single off the album, titled TIM, was released.
The single, hauntingly called SOS, features the vocal contribution of soul singer and previous collaborator Aloe Blacc, who lent his voice to Avicii’s mega hit “Wake Me Up” in 2013.
In a short audio clip reported on by Dancing Astronaut, Aloe Blacc speaks of his time with Tim:
“It was a special moment for me. I had the opportunity to go into the studio with [Avicii] and work on several songs that haven’t come out. Some are just as big as ‘Wake Me Up.’”
His fingerprints are on it
When Tim passed away in Oman on April 20, 2018, the music was 90 percent ready. “Afterwards, finishing them was … I just get paralyzed by talking about it, but everything was about completing Tim’s vision,” says Fogelmark.
And so they began. Through the program Fruity Loops, Albin and Kristoffer were able to track and preserve Tim’s exact keystrokes. “He had a completely different way of playing piano and keyboard,” says Nedler. “As a result his fingers would sometimes strike an unusual key, which added to his unique sound. Tim’s fingerprints are literally across the entirety of “SOS”.
In the personal notes recovered after his passing, Tim wrote that he wanted to work with Aloe Blacc, so they invited him to record.
“I feel like SOS was a song that was probably ahead of its time for when he wrote it. He wrote these lyrics obviously about some of his battles and I think it’s a really important topic to approach and to share, especially with his visibility and his access to ears and hearts; To give people the words to be able to say ’I need help,’” said Blacc.