French producer Xavier Laporte first debuted his Alter Real moniker back in 2017 with the striking "Nothing Is Under Control", but his musical history stretches back a little further than that. Back in 2015 he made his debut proper under the name Falabella with a self-titled three-track EP that blended electro pop and indie into a very charming package.
Alter Real, however, is a very different outlet for Laporte and the last couple of years have seen his sound evolve into something closer to R&B, but with elements of trap, pop and jazz coursing through the mix. His new single, "Everytime" is the best example of this new sound yet, crafted with pain-staking attention to detail to give the production that space-age feel. Capping the whole thing off are Cartoon Candle rapper Heem Le Zoner and emerging singer Safe Travel. Despite their wildly contrasting styles, Heem's low-slung delivery and Safe Travel's delicate singing are both perfectly suited to the atmospheric production.
Speaking with Complex via email, Heem Ze Loner told us: "Inspired by past love experiences that cross my mind from time to time, I reflect upon a fleeting connection. Narrating how we act as if we've moved on, I expose how those feelings still reside within us. Although, still faced with the same reality, we squeeze one last high from those fading nights. A moment to make us forget all the other things we wish we could've said."
Safe Travel added: "We don't find love but, we love the thrill of living on the cusp. The first time I heard the instrumental, I instantly thought sexy and mysterious… Nowadays, the notion of love tends to be filled with such obscurity and ambiguousness that we forget to question it at times so…. Tell me what you came for…?"