Were you at Coachella weekend two? Did you make it to Mojave tent for British producer SG Lewis‘ set? If you did, you might have caught his special guest, 16-year-old singer Ruel, with whom he debuted an unreleased tune called “Flames.” Of course, songs that make Coachella debuts don’t stay unreleased forever, and today (May 10), Lewis shares the song’s vaporwavey R&Beats majesty in hi-fi stereo.
“Flames” is smooth and funky, with a slow-jam melody that wafts over a menacing, ’80s-style synth rhythm. There are bright moments of almost hymnal quality at the pre-chorus, but the fiery elements lick back up the sides to slow burn the vibe.
“I was put on to Ruel’s music about 18 months ago, and watching his growth since then has been amazing,” Lewis is quoted in a press release. “He’s got such soul to his voice for someone of his age, it’s crazy.”
The song is the final single from Lewis’ forthcoming Dusk, Dark, Dawn LP. The three-part concept translates the moods and tempos of a night out, from the excitement of the beginning, to the peak of the wildness, to Dawn‘s quiet come down. “Flames” is part of that final chapter, and soon, Lewis embarks on a North American tour in support of the music.
Check the full list of dates and listen to “Flames” with Ruel below.