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.
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.
La Doña releases debut EP ‘Algo Nuevo’
Latina artist La Doña has officially released her debut Algo Nuevo EP via Human Re-Sources. Produced heavily by Doña herself, the EP includes previously-released singles “Quién Me La Paga” (“Whose Going To Pay For It?” in English), an infectious cumbia-led track that denounces life’s ever-increasing expenses, and the self-coined “femmeton” anthem “Le Lo Lai,” which reverts the machismo paradigm so prevalent in reggaeton and hip-hop.
Speaking on the EP, La Doña says: “Algo nuevo is a gift of something new; it is a statement about the versatility of musical forms and diasporic rhythms; it is a marriage of the traditional with the contemporary; it is an offering and a statement to la raza, the boss girls, las malas, the non-binary and queer homies, ‘I see you, I am you, and I made this for you.'”
The EP is a fruitful and masterful collage of La Doña’s world. The artist composes songs influenced heavily by Bay Area hyphy styles, lowrider culture, Mission muralismo, and musica de la (U.S./Mexico) frontera, while exploring radical brown femininity alongside love and pain.
Algo Nuevo also arrives alongside La Doña’s release show at The Chapel in San Francisco tonight where she’ll be joined by Sazon Libre, Chulita Vinyl Club, and Mariachi Juvenil La Misión.
After touring North America in support of Cuco, opening for legendary Mexican rock group Café Tacvba, and being named one of YouTube Music’s Foundry artists with past alumni including Rosalía, Dua Lipa, Chloe X Halle, and Gunna, La Doña is entering 2020 in full force.
Listen to the Algo Nuevo EP, here
Roddy Ricch’s Video Release for ‘The Box’ made the #1 Song in the Country even Hotter
Roddy Ricch has officially dropped the highly anticipated music video for “The Box” on Friday.
The Compton rapper premiered the impressive self-directed visual for “The Box” and there are several boxes scattered implanted in the clip, making the theme cohesive throughout the video.
“The Box” is the chart-topping song featured on Ricch’s debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, and has held the top spot on the Billboard charts for over five consecutive weeks.
In the video, Ricch is seeing scaling buildings, winning car races, lounging in the pool, slam-dunking basketballs and more. It concludes with him in a box factor and ultimately on display in a museum.
Ricch has made major plays this year with his win for Best Rap Performance at the 2020 Grammys for “Racks in the Middle with the late Nipsey Hussle. The Young emcee is currently on the second leg of his first headlining tour with shows coming up in Miami, Washington, D.C., and London.
Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial released Dec. 6. You can stream Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial below via Spotify and grab it on iTunes.
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