Justin Raisen helps Joji make a return after his first album, by co-writing and producing his latest single, “Sanctuary.” With almost eight months since Joji’s last release, new music from this talented artist has been highly anticipated, especially after his first album, Ballads I, debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200.
“Sanctuary” continues the introspective trend of Ballads I. It’s a love song, where Joji explores “the idea of affection as a shelter against the harsh reality of the world” (Substream Magazine). Raisen’s production work brings out the best of Joji, giving “the singer ample room to work with in the cavernous, expressive instrumental he constructs.”
With a minimalistic beat and synths, Joji’s newest single is reminiscent of the futuristic style of the ‘80s, which is further emphasized in the music video.A visual concept “has to already pop in or it’s not really worth exploring as a track for me,” says Joji, and “Sanctuary” is no different.
2019 has proven to be a busy year for Raisen, as he produced, wrote, and engineered “Win,” the first single of Charli XCX’s newly formed band, Nasty Cherry, released in March. In the past, Raisen has collaborated with many artists, such as Gryffin, Santigold, Sky Ferreira, Sunflower Beam, and many more.
Don’t forget to listen to “Sanctuary,’ available on all streaming platforms now!