girl_irl pays homage to Atlanta trap roots in deconstructed new single ‘float’

"Stemming from the concept of reclaiming body autonomy and acknowledgment of self-worth, this song is about empowerment..."

25.03.22, Words by: Billy Ward

Formally a touring DJ and now an ongoing producer and artist, girl_irl is one of many aliases of Em Perlman. The rising talent has got off to a great start this year, teaming up with phonewifey for their new hard-trance single ‘FOREVER 3021’, as well as treating fans to a Cyberkills remix of their ‘siren’ single.

Garnering comparisons to artists such as SOPHIE, COBRAH and Shygirl thanks to the bass-booming, glitchy production in the outer layer of girl_irl’s discography, new track ‘float’ draws influence from Atlanta’s trap scene and is a perfect match for the underground clubbing circuit. 

“The entire idea behind the ‘girl_irl’ project evolves around cathartic make believe, imagining alternate versions of yourself if certain things from your past turned out differently. ‘float’ is the first part of a 2 part release which coincides with a second track ‘sting’,” says Perlman. 

“Stemming from the concept of reclaiming body autonomy and acknowledgment of self-worth, this song is about empowerment and staying trapped within that mindset. This instrumental came from an old Timbaland-inspired project, when brought to a friend of mine (Luca Rassi) he was able to transform it into something even more personal, together we were able to create a fun smokey sound. 

“Lyrically it was written basically in a day, using a lot of goofy jokes a close friend of mine (Jack Lax) and I pass back and forth. Created with a kickboxing theme in mind, the track brings in a few punches while also giving that ‘floating through a club’ kind of sound,” they continue. 

Stream ‘float’ below or listen with your preferred player here.

‘float’ by girl_irl is out now via DMY.

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