When SG Lewis wrote ‘Warm’ in his bedroom, he was pleased, but kinda thought he’d just made a fun but fairly straightforward post-club jam. Having received online plays in the millions and a feature on HBO show Ballers, it seems like Lewis might have underestimated his own goods. The former PMR Beat Club kid has become one of the most exciting young producers in the UK, but behind the loops and beatmaking lies the mind of a singer-songwriter, bags of soul, and the inventive spirit of a young experimentalist.
It all started from a young age, with the telly. After being in a few bands at school, Lewis saw an episode of Behind the Music on MTV about The Neptunes and had his tiny mind blown (“I didn't know that kind of production existed”). He ended up at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and quickly became a resident at the prolific local club night Chibuku - known for methodical slow burning sets. All the while, he continued to make music, and when he was asked to remix Afro-German reggae artist Patrice he finally stumbled on a sound he felt excited about. “I naturally ended up with this quite downtempo sound. It still had a lot of weight behind it though, but in a non-abrasive way.” Having just broken up with his girlfriend and pulled out of a last minute holiday with friends, Lewis increasingly found himself sitting in his flat in Liverpool, at a considerable loose end whilst his mates hit up sunny climes and music festivals. He got his head down, kept writing and producing, and the songs just kept coming.
His biggest song to date has been ‘Warm’, his own post-club strand of restrained and atmospheric deep house. It was one of the last ever songs premiered by Zane Lowe before leaving Radio 1, and consequently caught fire, finding love everywhere from Hype Machine to Annie Mac sets. But it wasn’t until Lewis received a fairly innocuous DM on Twitter that the song went from searing to stratospheric. “A guy called Scott Vener got in contact on Twitter,