Denel shares self-produced R&B single ‘Crossroads’

His voice is smooth yet powerful, and he delivers some vulnerable, personal lyrics with a classic groove, set against a backdrop of dark pop elements and some irresistible bass.
16 December 2022

South-African-born, New Zealand-bred artist Denel has just unveiled his latest single, Crossroads. The track blends pop and R&B elements with dark urban undertones, accompanied by a synth and heavy bass production. 

Denel self-produced and wrote Crossroads himself, showing off his musical chops to the fullest. The singer-songwriter told us a little about how this particular track came to be, and let us in on his creative process. He says he ‘’started messing around with bassline ideas, to begin with. Progressively, the melody for the verse came to mind almost instantly.’’

 A thought-provoking, insightful track, Denel says that ‘’the aim was to create something that hits hard yet still maintains depth and meaning in the lyrical content.’’ In addition to his talent for writing and production, Denel’s singing voice fits the R&B vibe perfectly. His voice is smooth yet powerful, and he delivers some vulnerable, personal lyrics with a classic groove, set against a backdrop of dark pop elements and some irresistible bass.

‘’We’re constantly in a state of chasing the next big thing, staying validated and sometimes all of this comes at the detriment of ourselves,” he explains. ”I think it’s so important to know your identity and be comfortable with who you are. That’s really what this song is all about.”

Crossroads is an exciting, well-executed offering from this multi-talented artist, and it’s no doubt there’s plenty more to come from Denel in 2023 and beyond.