Blimes & Redinho Share New Track "Snake Skin Boots"
Blimes & Redinho’s new joint single ‘Snake Skin Boots’ was crowned “Hottest Record In The World’ by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 last night and is out now on Roya. It also appears on Blimes new album Castles, which is also out today via her own all female imprint, Peach House.
Blimes met Redinho in London whilst on tour and their mutual affinity for funk, soul and hip hop led them to the studio to create their new joint single 'Snake Skin Boots’. Kicking down the door with powerful brass, multi-instrumentalist Redinho handled the production, recording and mixdown. Blimes comfortably switches from venomous verses to a soulful hook with pure style and a real statement of intent; “you can't fake the truth, can't stay in one place, I was made to move, poppa was a player so I'm way too smooth, got the sharkskin suit, with the Snake Skin Boots”.
She's not kidding. Blimes poppa is a bass player that's still active in bands today but she's specifically referencing a 1986 performance by The Dynatones at Cow Palace in San Francisco (available on YouTube) where Blimes father performed wearing the exact same waistcoat she dons in the music video as well as snake skin boots of course. Full Circle.
“Redinho cooked up the arrangement for Snake Skin Boots after an afternoon of sharing our respective tales from the road and musical upbringings. The moment I heard the horns, I knew he had taken into consideration records of the greats like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett that had played the soundtrack to my early years. I filled him in on my childhood which most memorably consisted of looking up to my father from the side of the stage. His outfits loud and his dance moves louder, I wanted to be just like him. And whether it was sharkskin suits, or snake skin boots he was dressed to the nines every time he got up there and strapped on his bass guitar.”
Redinho provides context on their initial meeting and how the song was created:
I met Blimes in London when she was on tour. She talked about her background in music, her Dad who was a blues musician, and her love of Stax classics. We planned a session for the next day, said goodbye, and I went to the studio and made what would became Snake Skin Boots. I incorporated some of Blimes' influences, opening with some classic sounding horns and some soulful chords, and making the main hook with a mutilated vocal of my own.
The next day Blimes came to my studio and in a couple of hours we had the first verse and the chorus. She then had to leave. The next day I was listening to what we did thinking, "man this is a beast, all we need is a second verse and a bridge. If only she was around to finish off the track." Almost as soon as I had that thought, I got a text from Blimes saying she was passing through my neighbourhood and she had an hour to kill. She came over to my studio and we finished the track in less than an hour.