Donna Thompson Charms With ‘Fever Bubbles’

A gently uplifting new single...

London-based Donna Thompson returns with new single ‘Fever Bubbles’.

A curious voice, Donna Thompson is part of the creative coterie that surrounds Total Refreshment Centre, the seminal East London studio which has done so much to platform left-field voices in the UK. Working with the likes of Falle Nioke and Alabaster DePlume, her own solo work is picking up velocity.

New single ‘Fever Bubbles’ opens with opaque tones, the painterly touches to the arrangement giving Donna a soft yet assured base to work from.

It all builds to that engaging chorus, with the beat reminiscent of those early 90s rave-pop crossover moments – think Primal Scream’s epic ‘Come Together’ and you’d be close.

Donna Thompson comments…

I recorded it with Rosetta Carr and Sofia Grant at the Total Refreshment Centre with Capitol K then put it together myself over some months. It’s a song about fear and how it affects people’s perception of me as a black woman. Often projected upon and therefore constantly fighting stereotypes and generational misconceptions before having even developed a connection of substance.

On a deeper level it’s also about having to rely on my senses and then feeling like they are being stifled too, leading to a sense of blindness and ultimately relying on the certain and familiar feeling of love for safety in an uncertain world

Tune in now.

Catch Donna Thompson at Rough Trade East, London on July 17th as part of a PRAH Recordings showcase.

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