I've seriously been digging the most recent track from the enchanting London-based songstress Espa, which is called "141." It's quickly become one of those tracks that you've listened to more times than you care to disclose.
Burning with questions about it, I sought answers from the lady herself. Speaking exclusively to Indie Shuffle, Espa said:
"'141' is a story of lost communication. Or more specifically... A song about calling someone, who's suddenly blocked your calls, off of a withheld number.... Yes, I know this sounds kind of creepy, but we've all been there (okay, maybe just me).
This song started as three way collaboration with one of my oldest friends Todd Oliver (who also wrote 'Your Ghost' with Shift K3Y and I) and Co-'Goldie's band' member, John Calvert. It was one of those fluke songs that fell on to the microphone and we all sat around, confused as to where it came from! The mystery of song writing!
We left it to marinade for a good 6 months and then after sharing the stage with Bonkaz, and being a massive fan, it made perfect sense to ask him to jump on this track (which was so clearly thirsty for a rap verse), he nailed it! As did Tim 'the dealer' Deal, on Additional Production (after the song had stewed for another half year!), he took it somewhere that us original three writers had no idea it could go.
'141' is a mishmash, patchwork quilt of a song which so poetically maps out my journey as an artist and a human being in the last year, I hope it clearly signposts the new direction for my sound."
"141" is out on March 18.