James Bay hates that he doesn’t have the lungs to sing two albums worth of songs. But anyone at the Toronto stop on March 14th, would argue there is nothing this artist was lacking but time. Originally slated for September 28th at Woodbine Park, Bay rescheduled his Electric Light Tour Toronto stop for 2019 explaining that he needed to take a break, and that there were still songs he needed to write. One of which he dazzled the audience with during the encore. Just Bay and his acoustic guitar lamenting about a failed relationship with a chorus that ends, “what’s broken don’t unbreak,” a feeling that many people can relate to.
Perhaps some credit could be given to the acoustics of the building, but the fervor in the Sony Centre was unparalleled. It was as if the whole room was filled with die-hard fans who knew every line to every song. Amplified by the fact that Bay engaged the audience at every opportunity through call and answer sing offs, sing-a-longs, and clapping. This most beautifully demonstrated in his pre-amble before launching into his latest single featuring Julia Michaels called Peer Pressure, in which Bay taught the audience the backing vocals and before musing, “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you being in this room with me tonight.”
The thirteen song set and three song encore was made up of songs from both his freshman and sophomore albums, Chaos and the Calm (2015) and Electric Light (2018), as well as some new songs. He also had a surprise treat for the audience in the form of an impressive cover of Come Together by The Beatles, an ode to his British roots. While Bay gave an energized performance, it’s the quiet moments that truly made it a memorable night. After captivating the audience with the freshman LP hit If You Ever Want To Be In Love, Bay laments, “I’m feeling greedy and I think I want to hear the chorus again. Will you sing with me?” The lights go down on his band, it’s just Bay, his guitar, and three thousand enthralled fans all holding their breath. He invites everyone in and together the whole room launches into the chorus.
Originally from Hertfordshire, England, Bay found worldwide success after releasing his second EP Let it Go and has since become a three time Grammy nominated artist. He continues his Electric Light Tour with a stop in Montreal, Canada and then returns to the US with a first stop in Royal Oak, MI on March 18th. Electric Light is available on iTunes and Spotify, as well as his latest single Peer Pressure. If the sneak peak that Bay shared during his Toronto stop is a testament to what is to come, he is certainly an artist to watch.
Turnstile makes strong debut on Billboard charts
Turnstile released their widely-anticipated new album, “Glow On” last week and has received high praise. The body of work debuted at #30 on the Billboard 200 chart and #8 in Current Album Sales on Alternative Albums chart with 5.1 million streams across streaming services worldwide.
Recorded with producer Mike Elizondo and co-produced by Turnstile vocalist Brendan Yates, Glow On finds the band once again charting new ground for hardcore, expanding stylistic boundaries, and celebrating new possibilities. The album boasts 15 tracks devoid of borders, boundaries, or entry obstacles, only abundant imagination, heart, and grooves plucked from all corners of the musical spectrum.
Bringing superhuman energy to the stage, Turnstile is currently out on a run of sold-out headline dates, which continues tomorrow August 28th in Garden Grove, CA, and concludes with a hometown performance on September 16th in Baltimore, MD. Later this fall they are set for a series of festival performances, including Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival (9/23), Louisville, Kentucky’s Louder Than Life (9/24), Indianola, Iowa’s Knotfest (9/25), and more with a nationwide tour alongside $uicideboy$, Chief Keef, Slowthai and more kicking off on October 1st in Alpharetta, GA at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. Full Tour dates can be found here.
Take a listen to the full album here.
3. DON’T PLAY
4. UNDERWATER BOI
6. HUMANOID / SHAKE IT UP
8. FLY AGAIN
9. ALIEN LOVE CALL (FEAT. BLOOD ORANGE)
10. WILD WRLD
12. NEW HEART DESIGN
13. T.L.C. (TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION)
14. NO SURPRISE
15. LONELY DEZIRES (FEAT. BLOOD ORANGE)
Artist Mndsgn Announces new Mini-Series Ringoo In Colour
On the heels of Mndsgn’s latest album Rare Pleasure, he returns to announce a new mini-series and release its first episode. Ringgo in Colour aims to show a different side of the artist and unpack his various influences, as the first episode dives into his love of illustration, the artist himself creating all the artwork for the album cover and singles. Shot and directed by Ross Harris.
Speaking on his aim with the series, Mndsgn says, “the world isn’t so black & white, rather a vast spectrum of hues. This is just Ringgo in colour.”
Director Ross Harris adds, “I feel like Ringgo approaches his art whether it be music or drawing or paint from a place of playful curiosity but always ends up someplace deep and truly resonant. I aspire to the same process.”
Ringgo in Colour also includes appearances from Devin Morrison, who is in Ringgo’s live band and sings on the record, and arrives after the aforementioned Rare Pleasure was released earlier this month via Stones Throw Records. Mndsgn’s third album on the label, the record, which SPIN called “a monument to life’s basic delights,” truly shows the artist’s evolution from his roots as a heralded beatmaker to vocalist, songwriter, and arranger.
Though he began writing for the album in 2018, the final recordings took just a week in studio with the help of trusted collaborators: Swarvy on bass, guitar and as Musical Director for the sessions, Stones Throw label mate Kiefer Shackelford on keys, drum work by Will Logan, the blessed percussion of Carlos Niño, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings, and accompanying vocals from Fousheé and Anna Wise.
The follow-up to 2016’s Body Wash, Rare Pleasure includes the previously-released singles “Medium Rare,” “Slowdance” and “Hope You’re Doin’ Better” and follows his virtual release show and his two sold-out shows at The Lodge Room in LA earlier this month. Inspired by soundtrack music, samba, exotica and ’70s/’80s library records, the album is intensely intimate, sourcing lyrics from Mndsgn’s family and interpersonal experiences, and reflective of the world at large. Despite the tenderness of the recordings, the music is joyfully vibrant and draws on Mndsgn’s formative experiences as a b-boy, showcasing a range of rhythms that will make you want to groove. Take a listen to Rare Pleasure here.
1. Rare Pleasure I
2. Truth Interlude
3. 3Hands : Divine Hand I
4. Hope You’re Doin’ Better
5. Rare Pleasure II
9. Rare Pleasure III
10. Medium Rare
11. Rare Pleasure IV
12. Colours Of The Sunset
13. Divine Hand II
Watch the first episode of Ringgo in Colour here.
Rema drops Afrobeat track dedicated to women around the globe
For the third week in a row, Rema is set to release “anotha banga.” Dropping on Mavin Records/Jonzing World, “Woman” is a song that expresses his appreciation and admiration for all females.
Recently crowned Apple Music’s Up Next artist – previously awarded to Billie Eilish, Khalid & H.E.R – Afropop’s prince Rema has now released a trio of singles throughout June and July. He kicked things off with “Ginger Me,” a song created in a late-night studio session in London with UK producer The Elements. Quickly followed by trap-influenced track “Alien” which took us on a trippy journey through the mind of a young heartbreaker.
Crediting his parents for introducing him to Fela Kuti & 2Face, Rema draws influences far beyond West Africa with Bollywood, Trap, Afrobeats, and Pop all becoming part of his trademark sound. With co-signs from the likes of Drake, Barack Obama and now Rihanna, Rema is on his way for a global takeover.
Stream “Woman” via Spotify below.
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