Honey Dijon is back with the fourth single from her forthcoming LP ‘Black Girl Magic’, this time teaming up with some of Classic Music Company’s nearest and dearest for a collaboration that combines live instrumentation, production and a range of vocal talent and musicians.
Following the BBC Radio 1 playlisted ‘Not About You’ featuring Hadiya George, Josh Caffé collab ‘La Femme Fantastique’ and most recently the BBC 6 Music playlisted ‘Downtown’ featuring Annette Bowen & Nikki-O, ‘Work’ will kickstart what apparently will be a very busy 2022 for the Chicago-born artist.
Honey Dijon: “I am so honoured to share with you my next single ‘Work’! A celebration of my love of jazz that slams hard on the dancefloor!”
Co-produced by Classic founder Luke Solomon and long-time friend of the label Chris Penny, lyricist Dave Giles II (Dave + Sam), Brooklyn singer-songwriter Cor.Ece and house artist Mike Dunn add layers of vocal texture to the release, as live recorded instruments and Honey’s vibrant approach give the track its possible dancefloor appeal.
Luke Solomon: “Honey’s love of jazz-inspired house music and the freedom of expression in art led to the amalgamation of a series of recordings with a live jazz band. Four songs were tracked in a day and ‘Work’ was one of those. This included double bass, horns, drums and guitar. The live sessions were then resampled and manipulated to help create the end result you hear on ‘Work’.”
Alongside the single, Honey will release an official music video, with a stylistic nod to Neneh Cherry ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’.
Featuring dancers The Mx Fit, Arion, Brandy X Mandella, Bodybykennn and Shanley J, the video manifests sex positivity and uninhibited expression through dance. As the latex-clad dancers evoke the streamy, dancefloor energy of the record, this accompaniment to the track aims tondemonstrate Honey’s creativity as both a producer and audio-visual artist.
Honey Dijon: “The inspiration for the video is an homage to the incredible work of Jean-Baptiste Mondino for Neneh Cherry’s song ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ for the Red Hot + Blue album that raised money during the height of the AIDS crisis.”
‘Work’ will be released on 21 January via Classic Music Company.