Toronto-based producer POLUN joins Gracie Ella on his captivating debut single, “Higher Ground,” from his upcoming debut EP, Trillium.
Talking about the single, POLUN shares, “‘Higher Ground’ combines all the things I love about dance, pop, and R&B music. I knew I wanted a playful yet sexy vocal to complement the slower tempo of the groove. As soon as I heard Gracie’s voice on the track, it just felt right. Her sultry and soulful voice was the perfect finishing touch on this bop!”
Classically trained as a pianist, POLUN has a taste for the energy and grooves of West Coast-style hip-hop. He began his musical career as a songwriter and producer, using the moniker Terence “TEE” Lam. He produced “Can’t Choose,” the Juno award-winning song from singer-songwriter JRDN.
As TEE, he co-wrote Alessia Cara’s “Here,” as well as Drake’s “Too Good” with Rhianna. Both tracks attained triple-platinum status. He followed by producing for huge K-pop acts like Suho, D.O., and EXO, followed by writing for DVBBS, Kaskade, and Adventure Club.
His most recent project involved production credit on “U Should,” which earned CHIKA a Grammy nomination.
Beginning with low-slung velvety layers of colors, “Higher Ground” segues into a smooth, lush R&B tune with hints of pop and dance savors as Gracie’s sultry vocals imbue the lyrics with voluptuous timbres. Gleaming harmonics atop a slow, undulating rhythm give the tune smoldering, exotic cadence. Rich and creamy, the melody bewitches listeners with plush textures of intertwining gliding hues.
Polished harmonies, at once enticing and silky, add glossy sonic filaments, bathing the song with buttery tendrils.
With “Higher Ground,” POLUN delivers lush R&B washes riding a contagious rhythm, all capped by the deluxe vocals of Gracie Ella.