Track Talk: sun-etched house from D.O.D & Raphaella on Armada Music

A brand new club banger

D.O.D & Raphaella have just unleashed a sun-soaked house hit, which has left us wanting to cling on to the last of the British summer time before the clocks turn back later this month with winter looming ever near.

The new release titled ‘Like You do’ is out now on Armada Music, with Disciples’ frontman Duvall and Laura Welsh joining forces to co-write the song. The collaboration marks a true coming together of British talent.

From left to right; Duvall, Laura Welsh, Raphaella & D.O.D

D.O.D aka Daniel O’Donnell is a British DJ and record producer who already has a few accolades under his belt, by bagging an award for Most Played New Independent Artist from ASSOC of Independent Music, and entering in at number 96 in the DJ Mag Top 100 list.

With a multitude of chart-topping Beatport releases, working with the likes of Laidback Luke, and Afrojack, high-flying artist D.O.D is on a continued upward trajectory. Coming off the back of success with tracks such as  ‘Still Sleepless’ (feat. Carla Monroe), ‘Every Step’ and ‘All Mine’.

Like You Do’ is pretty special to me”, D.O.D says. “I made the instrumental two days before my son was born in a moment of excitement, knowing what was going to happen in the days ahead. The chords are some of my favourite I’ve ever written, and Raphaella vibed off them straight away.”

Raphaella is also in huge demand, coming from Persian-British decent, this female producer has gone on to collaborate with the industry’s leading lights. With names such as MK, Sonny Fodera, pop group sensation Little Mix and Armin Van Buuren to name but a few.

The final vocal stemmed from hearing the sample ‘come on baby, show it all to me yeah’”, Raphaella adds. “I remember being at the studio in Brixton and immediately starting to freestyle what is now the hook melody. The odds were really against us that day; tube strikes meant it took three hours instead of thirty minutes to get down there to work on this, but it all worked out and ultimately felt as though it was meant to be!”

From the get-go ‘Like You Do’ oozes quintessential house music, starting with a catchy dance floor focused piano riff and euphoric vocal that instantly gives you a reason to move.

The gratifying lyrics from the early stages ease us in to the build up and it’s not before long the track has already headed straight into the drop, which introduces a buoyant baseline and undeniable groove that wouldn’t be out of place in many a club room.

To purchase and listen to ‘Like You Do’, head here.

Words: Neil Ritchie
Editor: Ben Lovejoy

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