“Rising alternative rapper Burney has unveiled perhaps his most exciting release to date” – WONDERLAND MAGAZINE

Surrey-born rapper Burney takes a bold leap into uncharted musical territory with his latest single, “In Love With The Idea.” A mesmerising mid-tempo composition, the track explores the alluring yet illusory nature of idealised love, delving into the emotional complexities of projecting fantasies onto those we cherish.

A departure from conventional hip-hop, “In Love With The Idea” pays homage to classic hip-hop while infusing a modern twist and warm elements from 70s and 80s R&B/soul. Building on the success of Burney’s recent single, “Tie Me Down,” this new single immerses listeners in an introspective, cathartic journey, offering a fusion of storytelling and musical prowess with undeniable whip-appeal vibes.

Burney, reflecting on the inspiration behind the single, shares, “For me, this track really pushes the boat out across the board – I don’t know many rappers in the UK making music like this. It’s definitely the most vulnerable I’ve been in my songwriting and I’m super proud of how the production matches that energy. The guitar solos behind the second verse sound HUGE and it’s refreshing to step out of my comfort zone and create something that sounds so massive and beautiful. The idea for the song came about during a time when I was unsuccessfully dating quite a bit, and I said to a friend of mine “they don’t love me, they just love the idea of me.” It’s about falling for someone but having question marks about whether they feel the same – something that SUCKS but many of us have experienced.”

The excitement surrounding In Love With The Idea began even before its release with the endorsement of Kiss FM presenter DJ Semtex. Known for his keen eye for hip-hop talent, DJ Semtex recognised Burney’s undeniable appeal and lyrical flow, having recently reposted his entry for Wordplay Magazine’s Novembars competition.

Burney’s journey gained momentum in 2021 when vibrant single “San Pellegrino” caught the attention of BBC Introducing The South, earning recognition as their track of the week. Notably, the track also received acknowledgment from San Pellegrino, cementing Burney’s rising reputation. Returning after a hiatus with renewed creativity, recent releases like “Crazy Enough” and “Best Friends / Demons” set the stage for a captivating series of tracks in 2023, exploring themes of self-discovery and love post-toxic relationships.

Hailing from the serene hills of Surrey, Burney brings a distinctive style that weaves smooth vocals with neo-soul, rap, and dance influences. Having graced prestigious stages like The Isle of Wight Festival, Burney has evolved from his roots in the collective Dirtbag By Association to establish himself as a solo artist.

With the release ofIn Love With The Idea,” Burney showcases not only his musical growth but a willingness to share vulnerability, promising a remarkable fusion of genres that elevates his artistry to new heights.

In Love With The Idea artwork


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