Today, Houndstooth’s newest signing, Shanghai-based Taiwanese singer and producer Scintii (aka Stella Chung), shares “Times New Roman,” her debut single for the label. The EP, featuring remixes from Palmistry, Loraine James, Mechatok, and Osheyack, is out October 2nd. “Times New Roman” was co-written and produced by Danny L Harle (PC Music, Charli XCX) and the striking accompanying video, directed by Kynan Puru Watt (known for Arca’s “Mequetrefe” video), invites us into Scintii’s deeply-hued world. “Times New Roman is one of the main languages used in graphic designand this song is about finding that language for myself as an artist,” Scintii explains. After initially coming up with the main melody and then collaborating with Harle on a beat he was making, “‘Times New Roman’ really started to become about me feeling sure of myself as a musician and producer, going in a new direction and really being able to maximize my own voice.”
The “Times New Roman” EP is backed by remixes from the cream of current underground club music producers. SVBKVLT label mate Osheyack shakes out its hard lines in classic trance stabs; Mechatok ups its saturation for a bouncing hardcore version; hyped London producer Loraine James takes the track apart by stems and re-plaits them into glitched-out IDM, and Palmistry chases rushing synths before dropping into bubblegum breaks.
Based in Shanghai, Scintii started to produce her own music after studying music and performance in London. It was equally influenced by the pop she grew up with in her hometown of Taipei and her time soaking up club music in London. She released her debut EP “Mica” (Eternal Dragonz) in 2017 and broke through with her follow up, 2018’s “Aerial/Paperbags” EP (SVBKVLT), leading to a remix for acclaimed English group These New Puritans and performances at London’s Southbank Centre and Sonar Hong Kong. As described by DUMMY, “Scintii’s productions tend to chop up and piece together crystalline sounds to fashion ethereal and futuristic sonics.” With her distinctive gossamer vocals, Scintii has forged a sleek and moody sound that is all her own.
“Times New Roman” EP Tracklist:
1. Times New Roman
2. Times New Roman (Osheyack Remix)
3. Times New Roman (Mechatok Remix)
4. Times New Roman (Loraine James Remix)
5. Times New Roman (Palmistry Remix)