Amy Douglas rides a DFA disco beat on ‘Never Saw It Coming’



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There are few voices in music as versatile as Amy Douglas. In her short time in Boston earlier this decade, the New York native tied a spectrum of sounds and styles together through her powerhouse vocals, from the bluesy stomp rock and roll of Feints to the electro-funk of SPF 5000 to the gentle disco bliss of Sunrise HWY.


Now Douglas elevates her game even higher, teaming with with DFA Records for a new thumper called “Never Saw It Coming.” And it’s an all-night purr motherfucker of a disco banger that aligns her captivating five-octave range voice with masterful electronic-funk production. The 12-inch single was co-written and produced by Tim Wagner of 33Hz, and the release package comes with two remixes by Sheffield’s Crooked Man.

While we know Douglas from her Boston projects, here’s more from DFA on what she’s been up to in that family tree: “Though this is Douglas’ first release on the label, she is no stranger to the DFA roster. She is the voice behind ‘Happiness,’ the epic closing track on Crooked Man’s self-titled 2016 LP, and also appears on the forthcoming Crooked Man album, due out on DFA this fall. Amy also works with Juan Maclean as one half of Peach Melba, who have released singles on both DFA and Defected/Classic. Crooked Man’s signature maximalist house sound has always been complemented by the support of strong female vocalists, and together the pair take each other’s work to a new level for an impressive collaboration. Rumor has it they’re currently working on more tracks together.”

That’s all well and nice, but before we get any new joint passed by our faces, we’ll need a long while to let “Never Saw It Coming” marinate a bit on our turntables and playlists.