UK producer Ones shares electronic soul single “Blessings”
Effortlessly combining electronic music and soul, rising UK producer Ones; an artist who uses their work as a way of addressing human connection, has released one of the best songs you’ll hear this year. It’s flawless throughout— it’s imbued with a yearning and sense of melancholic hope that makes it one of the most redemptive listening experiences in recent memory. The accompanying music video focuses on the isolation caused by mental health issues and features members of the renowned skate collective Motherlan.
Although we’re a week late, “Blessings” is a song we couldn’t not write about. The single itself was released on World Suicide Prevention Day, and the striking music video follows a person encountering and trying to escape intrusive thoughts while living their life— this will connect with many listeners who often don’t share what goes on in their minds. Overall, “Blessings” is a captivating song laced with infectiously catchy melodies throughout that instantly draws you in. Take this in.
“I think the thing I noticed the most in the last year is how so many of us hadn’t taken time to process our past or ourselves until being forced into lockdown. Constantly moving forward in hope of everything working out with no real conversations. Some people made changes, some people started over but 4,902 people didn’t make it out of 2020 due to suicide in the UK. Mental health is something we all have and will struggle with at some point in our lives. The state of it is something we should care for.
Sometimes it’s harder to talk about because the people around us – even family members don’t recognise it as an issue, let alone know how best to support us. A massive part of it is how the older generations were “treated” or how they were made to look at those who struggled. Sometimes it’s because there’s a guilt around the reasons for your upset but It should be just as important to support and understand as it is to love and have fun with those around us. Sometimes you can’t explain it.
I’m not telling you tell to the world what it is you’re struggling with right now or how something has affected you. I’m just asking you to be honest with yourself and those you trust if ever in serious doubt.
Writing this record broke me because it never felt good enough, but we got there in the end and it has allowed me to share this with you and write / understand so much more about myself. For that I’m grateful and I hope you enjoy it” — Ones.