Chin Injeti Knows You’re Expensive (But Worth It)

The superstar producer and artist revisits the ’80s with a synth-pop throwback.

Chin Injeti is ready to pay the price for love on his new synth-pop throwback Expensive — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

Featuring Jarrel The Young, the alt-R&B super-producer and artist’s latest single opens with synth-pop guitar grooves that give it an almost trippy vibe, channeling the feel-good aura of Grace Jones’ 1987 cut Crush. After Injeti’s sonorous vocals sing the first verse, the song’s pre-chorus kicks in and pushes the song to an exciting height:

“It’s expensive
But I’m obsessive
Oh when push comes to shove
I deserve it.”

Expensive is a song that was inspired by ’80s synth-pop and forward-thinking artists from this era, that weren’t necessarily in the mainstream,” Injeti says. “The main inspirations were David Bowie, Ultravox and Grace Jones, and (the song) is about celebrating the decadence of love and all it comes with … The visuals and song were created in my studio using real hardware and analog tape and drum machines to recreate the same feeling of a record from 1984.”

Born in Hyderabad, India and having to survive polio from birth, music therapy treatments helped facilitate his motor skills, ultimately changing his life. His path towards the craft became clearer when Injeti teamed up with then-partner DJ Khalil, with whom he made Grammy and Juno-winning releases with and for the likes of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Drake, Pink, Aloe Blacc, The Clipse, Lecrae, K’Naan and more.

Getting his official start in an in-home studio built by his father and brother, he also fronted the Juno and MuchMusic Video Award-winning band Bass is Base, won Socan’s Songwriter of the Year Award, and enjoyed years of creating, touring and performing with the likes of The Fugees, The Roots, Jamiroquai, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and more. Expensive is the newest release in a slew of singles that have included Yuh, Golden, For The Love of Life and Sparrow, among others.

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