INKY NITE Return With 80s Inspired Pop Single ‘Raya’ Amidst Debut EP Excitement

Published on 23 June 2022 at 17:46

Words: Max Bradfield


Brighton husband and wife duo Inky Nite are back with their fourth single. ‘Raya’ comes as the first release from the upcoming three track debut EP ‘For Raya’, which is set for release on the 15th August. 


The pair describe this song as “The most treasured song on our upcoming EP” and it's clear why. This track which incorporates a dazzling concoction of glistening synths and euphoric 80s tinged hooks acted as the entrance music into the world for the couple’s daughter of the same name, who was born last year. 


“The synths twinkled, and the drums kicked in just as she was lifted through the sunroof and held aloft Simba style for the very first time.”


Well, following this one, young Raya will have a brilliant EP dedicated to her too. 


‘Raya’ trails a string of promising singles since the duo’s inception as a lockdown home project. ‘The Canyon’, ‘Spectres’ and ‘Bad Machines’ have all received top reviews. ‘Bad Machines’ gathered support especially quickly with praise coming from BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, the late great Janice Long, BBC Introducing and Spotify’s editorial team to name a few.


Inky Nite’s influences are reflected in their craft. As said, starting life in a lockdown, the project began as music from the likes of Kate Bush, Blondie, Metronomy and Blood Orange reverberated around the pair’s south coast seaside apartment. It inevitably rubbed off and produced a brand of synth fuelled, vintage inspired easy listening. 


‘Raya’ was bedroom recorded in the same homely feel to that of previous work and was mastered by Kristofer Harris (Belle & Sebastian, Bear’s Den, Ghostpoet). This track is sure to leave many wanting more, let alone the review giving industry-heads.


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