“It’s just about finding this feeling that makes you want to jump out and fuck it all and go seek a thrill,” says Georgia. The artist’s new release Seeking Thrills, is described as a story of hedonism, self-discovery, and above all, the transcendental power of the dancefloor. So far, The track has been remixed by The Black Madonna, Krystal Klear, and Gabe Gurnsey.
“I didn’t know anyone would connect with ‘Started Out’ especially – that song I always thought was a very weird kind of dance song. It was a complete and utter shock.” So, she decided to take some time revisiting the production for her album, making sure it was nothing short of dancefloor perfection. In the meantime, “being able to go around the world and see people singing back the lyrics of those two songs has been a real life-changing experience.”
Seeking Thrills is heavily inspired by Chicago House and Detroit Techno of the early 80s. “I was listening to the whole of Trax records, so Frankie Knuckles, Mr Fingers, Marshall Jefferson and that whole scene, but also Detroit, like Underground Resistance, Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson,” she says. “I went down a rabbit hole with that scene, and just how it shaped the pop music of the 80s. For example, seeing how Depeche Mode were at Frankie Knuckles’ Powerhouse nights; Madonna was on the floor in Detroit listening to Underground Resistance.”
The artwork captures the album’s theme of growing up, finding the balance between girlhood and womanhood, in iconic imagery from 68-year-old San Francisco photographer Nancy Honey. “She did these amazing photographs of young girls in the North of England back in the 80s in Hull, and she went around and asked the girls what they wanted to be.” On the album, Georgia confronts growth and change in London on “Til I Own It”, where she discusses the city in the shadow of gentrification, rising house prices, and feeling left behind. Meanwhile, on “Mellow”, she enlists Shygirl in a pulsing ode meant to evoke “that thrill-seeking moment with all my girls getting up to hedonistic behavior in Tenerife”.
In a hark back to the less polished sound she started out with, new single “Never Let You Go” is more of a sharp, angular punk song. “I got into all this Belgian post-punk music,” Georgia explains. “The Belgian electro scene of the 80s and early 90s was really phenomenal.” With its unfiltered lyrical sweetness rubbing up against its sparse, acidic production, the song is dedicated to her brother: “Although your skies keep changing/You know, I will still be waiting”.