Up Next: House of El

Words by Maisie Goulsbra

House of El’s forthcoming single ‘Run Away’ evokes hazy nostalgia, via a fusion of jazz and other influences. It takes an intelligent trajectory to tell the story it tells. It’s no surprise, the man behind the House of El, Kieron McIntosh, has already worked with an impressive array of musical talent – Plan B, Paloma Faith and Chase & Status to name but a few. In 2018, track ‘Elijah’, saw a statement collaboration between House of El, Laura Mvula and Jay Prince. But House of El is proving versatile, a self identifying genre agnostic, citing Massive Attack, Gorillaz, Joy Division, Bootsy Collins, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davies amongst his influences.

Rethinking soul, McIntosh’s syllabic vocal makes up the melody in the chorus, which would
lend itself well to something much beatier. Dare I say, the phrasing makes it vaguely reminiscent of vocals that might appear on a trap track, as does the lyrical content. But any hint of up-beat-ness is stripped back to make way for sophistication. The verse eventually emerges, opening out into a decidedly soulful chorus. Appropriately handling the lyrics, there’s a reluctance in his voice, which is sonically kindred to Michael Kiwanuku.

McIntosh explains, “I wrote this song, just still in that same soulful musical space again. Just
a song about relationships, when you know someone isn’t good for you and you aren’t good
for them… them ones! You know where it’s gonna go, but you don’t listen to your better
nature I guess… sound familiar? That’s what this song touches on…”

I’ll happily let Run Away become the backing track to the next few weeks of my life as I
watch the world through my window. It’s allure is slow burning. The release date is the 13th
November on House of El’s own label Wunderkind. The rest of the EP is due to be released
in December.

Listen to House of EL’s Run Away here.


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