Citizen – Naomi (single) (Love Fever)


Citizen is the alias of producer and East London party specialists Love Fever protégé Laurence Blake and whose music has been described as ‘a New Jack Swing project that got progressively housier’.

Since releasing the Room Service EP two years ago, Citizen has since performed worldwide gigs with his records being supported by the biggest names in dance, from Maya Jane Coles to Skream and Pete Tong.

Put simply, Naomi is deep-grooving tune that’s built for late, late nights in dark clubs.

Embodying several retro and classic house music attributes, over the course of its 8 minutes and 15 seconds, Naomi builds patiently and by the 3-minute mark, we’re deep into the song’s groove.

The vocal line that’s interspersed throughout – “Only the one who hurts you, can make you feel better. Only the one who inflicts the pain can take it away” – is key to the track. Often doused in effects, the vocal line is simultaneously eerie and entrancing, leaving a ghostly silhouette on the dance floor.

The breakdown and subsequent build that begins around the 4-minute mark is particularly dark and here’s that the vocal is at its most potent.


Naomi was released on vinyl 1 September, 2014 and digitally 1 October, 2014. Buy the vinyl edition now.

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