Smoko Ono teams up with Rich and SG Lewis on smooth new single “Moonlight” via Payday Records

Contemporary Chicago-based music producer Smoko Ono has unveiled new single “Moonlight” with R&B singer Rich and British producer SG Lewis, out now via Payday Records. The single drops at the right time coinciding with November’s full moon. 

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Pairing a smooth synthwave composition co-produced by SG Lewis with Rich’s pitch-perfect vocals, “Moonlight” sees Smoko Ono deliver an immersive pop jam with serious crossover appeal. His third single release of the year, it will feature on his forthcoming debut album, due for release in 2022.

Speaking about the collaboration, Smoko says, “With Moonlight I wanted to create a song that makes you feel like you’re in another world. SG Lewis and Hoskins really helped me bring out this futuristic sound that I’ve recently been inspired by, and Rich’s voice and lyrics complimented the beat perfectly.” 

Rich adds, “When Smoko showed me the beat he and SG worked on in London I instantly started thinking about a strange, intense dream I had a couple nights before, and the lyrics to this song are my best attempt to describe that dream.”

A frequent collaborator with the likes of Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, Smoko Ono has a sterling reputation in Chicago and beyond for his production prowess. He’s produced tracks featuring some of music’s biggest stars, including Kanye West, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae, and many more. The prolific producer is hard at work on his upcoming album, which will feature “Moonlight” and previously released “You Are” (ft Corinne Bailey Rae & UMI) and “Winners” (ft. Yxng Bae, Chance The Rapper & Joey Purp) and will be his first album since the critically acclaimed Very Slight, a collaborative project with Chicago rapper KAMI that generated over 12 million streams across platforms.

The latest collaboration from a long list of star-studded releases to come, Moonlight further heightens the anticipation for the release of Smoko Ono’s debut album. 

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Smoko Ono Background

Smoko Ono’s production is an integral part of the sound of contemporary Chicago hip hop. A long-time collaborator of Chance the Rapper, Smoko had four placements on Chance’s debut album The Big Day including the off-cycle single “I Might Need Security,” and “Hot Shower” Ft DaBaby and MadeinTYO. As one of Vic Mensa’s main producers, Smoko produced tracks including “U Mad ft. Kanye West, “Liquor Locker ft. Ty Dolla Sign and “Feel That,” and produced on “Broke As F*ck” on YBN Cordae’s Grammy nominated album The Lost Boy. Smoko has upcoming releases with SG Lewis and more.

In 2018 Smoko released his collaborative album Very Slight with KAMI, which featured verses from Chance the Rapper, Joey Purp, and Valee, the project has received over 12M streams in the US alone. Smoko’s commercial work includes a Nike Super Bowl commercial, Puma, Tao, and has DJ’d Complexcon, Soho House, Poppy, The Marquee, and events like Kehlani’s after party. Additionally, Smoko has produced songs for Megan Thee Stallion, Denzel Curry, Yung Bans, YNW Melly, and is working with Francis and the Lights, Yxng Bane, Lil Yachty, Shelley fka DRAM, and more.

SG Lewis Background

English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer SG Lewis is an in-demand artist with an emotive, atmospheric approach to dance-oriented, electronic-based music. He has collaborated with many artists, from JP Cooper, Raye and Ray BLK to Bruno Major, Frances, Clairo and LANY, while recent debut album Times topped the UK Dance charts at the start of the year.

Rich Background

With his Tiktok growing from ~100 to over 380K followers since December (@richmusicrich) and with subsequent cosigns from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), James Blake, and Elton John, Rich has been blowing up seemingly out of nowhere.

Rich Saunders began singing as a child together with his family in the way that only blood relatives truly can: creating close harmonies who’s naturally blending tones seem the result of some kind of inbuilt genetic code. A couple decades later and through a period as one-third of Universal-signed group Thirdstory; a stint producing, writing, and singing backing vocals for Chance the Rapper; a trans-Atlantic, experimental duo going by the name Refs – it’s still those magical vocal moments that are at the crux, now taking new form as a voice-centric solo project simply named Rich