DJ and producer Party Favor hooks up with Persian/New Zealand artist CHAII on the brand-new single, “OH NAH YEAH,” via BMG.
Talking about the song, Party Favor shares, “Super excited about this record. CHAII is insanely talented and has a really dope sound, and I really wanted to see how our worlds could collide. She sent me this vocal and immediately I knew we could make something incredible. Her being from Iran & New Zealand, she brings such a fresh sound to her music. This feels like a worldwide record.”
While CHAII says, “I really enjoyed working with the talented Party Favor. He’s honestly the best! Bringing our vibe together created such an exciting sound. I wrote ‘OH NAH YEAH’ about not letting fear rule my life. I had a discussion with my dad one day and what he said really stuck with me. He said don’t ever change your creative work and what you stand for because of fear. I guess I could just make safe music and not have to fear anything. OR I move forward not letting fear shape who I am. I originally started by writing the lyrics about needing to hold your ground. I often catch myself saying sorry for no reason or if I don’t make sense to someone. There’s no need to have to default to an apology for not fitting in any box, being yourself, and existing.”
Last year, CHAII released her debut EP, Lightswitch, followed by “WOW (Look At Me),” featured in Apple’s iPhone 12 ad. Lightswitch received beaucoup praise from Rolling Stone, Acclaim, and Pilerats, leading to becoming Spotify’s first-ever Radar artist from New Zealand, as well as soundtracking a Fendi campaign, being featured in Tony Hawk’s video game, and her music appearing in Netflix’s The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron.
Party Favor exploded on the scene with “Bap U,” amassing more than 40 million streams, followed by his debut EP, Party & Destroy, which hit the number 2 slot on iTunes Dance, while his 2019 album, Layers, racked up more than 35 million streams. His music has been synced by brands like Google, Coca-Cola, and T-Mobile, along with films such as Baywatch, Neighbors 2, Life of The Party, and The Purge. In addition, as half of house duo Sidepiece, he picked up a Grammy nomination for “On My Mind” with Diplo, collecting in excess of 100 million streams on Spotify.
“OH NAH YEAH” opens on a potent syncopated rhythm topped by CHAII’s delicious, riot grrrl-like tones, rife with glossy sassy timbres. There’s a luscious inflection to her voice, at once sensuous, tough, and audacious.
Surging, brawny-flavored synths infuse the tune with contagious, dangerous layers of energy, rising and falling on fat blatting sounds and more polished tendrils of coloration.
“OH NAH YEAH” hits with swaggering, swashbuckling dynamics as CHAII struts her amazing vocals over Party Favor’s wicked harmonic soundscape.