The artist continues to redefine her sound with every coming release
tiLLie injects her thought-provoking sound with a lethal dose of UK garage on her latest release ‘Hell Yeah!’, making for one of her most complex and unique releases to date.
The track has a kind of bittersweet, sarcastic tone, as the singer muses over life her dissatisfaction with it, and whether merely surviving and making it through the day is cause for celebration. This is provided with a raw edge by the cutting garage beats that sit beneath the surface and permeate the track, providing a real sense of darkness that feels akin to artists like The Prodigy at times. tiLLie shows, release upon release, that she isn’t scared to make bold and drastic u-turns with her sound, and every release is as unpredictable and exciting as the last. Even just juxtaposed with her last release ‘Peachy’, ‘Hell Yeah!’ lives in on the other end of a sonic universe that is somehow tied together by tiLLie’s unique personality and charisma
I’d been listening to a lot to Blur, The Prodigy, and old UK garage stuff; so I found myself digging through breakbeat drum samples when I came across the one that became the basis for “Hell Yeah”. I threw it in Ableton and tracked this gnarly sounding bass line.” tiLLie says of ‘Hell Yeah!’. When I brought the track to my buddy Devon to finish, we tried re-tracking it but ultimately the energy was in the original take so it stayed. Lyrically, “Hell Ya” touches on the frustration I think a lot of my friends and I have been feeling. We’re in our 20s – we’re suppose to be outside fucking shit up, living our lives, and everything going on in the world has forced us inside. It speaks to how the pandemic simplified the ways in which I gauged whether or not I had a good day – did I make it through without having a mental break down and am I still alive? Which is equally humbling and incredibly depressing so I channeled all those paradoxical feelings and pent up energy into this song.