Twin brothers Andrew and Brian Chaplin (Locnville or previously LCNVL) have achieved massive success in their home territory South Africa, but after a year spent grafting and building a team in Los Angeles, they are poised to make even more musical memories on a global scale with their latest body of work, through Warner Music South Africa.
Of their signing to Warner Music, Andrew says, ‘Warner is a heavy weight in the game and you understand why when you meet the team. It’s an honor to be working with people that have the same goal and vision as we do and have the means and knowledge to put it together’. Brian adds that ‘this latest album that we’ve put together is the strongest work we’ve ever done, and we felt it vitally important to team up with a label and people who have the knowledge and passion to let the world see and hear the album how it was meant to be enjoyed. I’m absolutely ecstatic at partnering up with Warner and I look forward to many successful years together with such a great team.’
MD of Warner Music South Africa, Tracy Fraser says, “We are thrilled that Locnville have signed to Warner Music South Africa. We look forward to working closely with Andrew and Brian to deliver their musical vision, not only in South Africa, but globally.”
Inspired by the sounds of future dancehall and indeed the deep house scene of South Africa, they’ve produced their new material with passionate up-and-coming talent, such as Hendrik Joerges and Sketchy Bongo from Durban, alongside proven hit-makers Esjay Jones (Selena Gomez), Trey Vittetoe (Miley Cyrus & Selena Gomez) and Narinder Singh (Timbaland) . The end result is upbeat with a cinematic, tribal feel, giving their hook-filled new material a solid structure and sonic texture to haul their fans, new and old, into 2016. This is truly evident on the new single ‘Grapevine’ – a slice of rolling electro-hop that glitches and twists before dropping into old-school dub and back, underneath their signature matter-of-fact rhyming.
‘Grapevine’, which was mixed and mastered by Ariel Chobaz (Justin Bieber, Drake & Nicki Minaj) and features vocals by Sabi (who has worked with Tyga and Chris Brown) gets it’s debut on Apple Music and Beats Radio on 12th February worldwide. Whereafter it will be available on iTunes exclusively for 7 days before being made available across all digital download and streaming platforms.