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Georgia Anne Muldrow: “Overflow” via Brainfeeder

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An excited Flying Lotus shared news of Georgia Anne Muldrow’s signing to Brainfeeder earlier this year, prompting knowing smiles and ripples of anticipation amongst fans and commentators who recognised the perfect symbiosis of their musical pathways, heritage and spirituality.

Now, following her triumphant live set at the Hollywood Bowl in LA on Sunday (in support of FlyLo) Brainfeeder is proud to present a brand new track from Georgia titled Overload - available to stream/download now HERE. Produced by Mike & Keys (The Futuristiks), ‘Overload’ addresses “the process of building loving relationships in spite of the malfunctions of Western society” according to Georgia.

LISTEN TO GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW – “OVERLOAD” HERE

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Part of the fabric of Los Angeles’ hip-hop / jazz / soul avant-garde since 2005Georgia Anne Muldrow has built a mightily impressive discography and a reputation to match during her career as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and musician. It is fitting that in 2018 she should sign to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder imprint – a record label deeply embedded in LA, with a ton of shared history and a united vision of the future – to release her stunning new album.

She first lit up the scene with her debut album Olesi: Fragments Of An Earth (2006) on cult LA imprint Stones Throw. It was there that Georgia met, befriended and collaborated with the likes of MadlibOh No, MED (fka Medaphor), WildchildDJ Romes and her future partner Dudley Perkins aka Declaime. She co-founded the SomeOthaShip Connect record label with Dudley in 2008, the platform and spring board for many of her musical travels that have expanded and extended down myriad pathways under numerous monikers including Ms. One, Pattie Blingh & The Akebulan 5, an electro fusion collaboration with DJ Romes called Blackhouse and astral jazz outings as Jyoti – a project that earned her the “Jazz Album Of The Year” honours at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards in 2011 for her album Ocotea.

It’s Georgia’s rich musical heritage and the sheer weight of her catalogue that has earned her the respect of peers such as Mos Def (“She’s incredible. She’s like [Roberta] Flack, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, she’s something else.”), Erykah Badu (with whom she collaborated on New Amerykah Part Two in 2010), Bilal and Robert Glasper who invited Georgia to perform on his “Miles Ahead” OST in 2016.

“She’s incredible. She’s like [Roberta] Flack, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, she’s something else.” - Mos Def

“aligning more with the Afrocentric current that flows through underground hip-hop, avant-R&B and psychedelic soul … a singer, rapper and beat-making producer. Her village elders include the rapper Mos Def, the producer Madlib and the vocalist Erykah Badu.” - NPR

“This is an artist whose spirit of independence has scattered her presence over as many contexts as her psychedelic, jazz-inflected neo-soul sensibility can carry her – an R&B auteur with a 24/7 omnipresence” Pitchfork

“Georgia Anne Muldrow is a super-student of the 1970s, of people like Roberta Flack and Betty Davis and her mother, Rickie Byars Beckwith, a spiritualist and fellow traveler of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders” New York Times

 

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Tribe Tambor Cruise now booking for March 2019

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Tribe Tambor Cruise 2019

March 2019 we do it all over again
This time to Cozumel Mexico
4 nights leaving from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Brand new ship – Independence of the Seas
TTC Where Love Lives

 

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The cruise this year to the Bahamas was a great success! We loved having you join us, and hope that you enjoyed every minute of this musical experience.  If you haven’t experienced the cruise, now is your time to join in with the family Love and all that music.

 

We are pleased to announce that cabins are now being sold for the 2019 Cruise from March 28 – April 1 http://tribetamborcruise.com

 

The deposits start at $200.00 per person, with payment plan options available.  Book now and take advantage of the lower cost cabins.

 

So whats new next year?
A daytime beach party at Cozumel, with a full DJ lineup on our own private beach with complimentary food and open bar
Destination is to Cozumel Mexico
Newly refurbished ship, Independence of the Seas
4 nights 5 days

 

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House Music every day for 5 days!!
A great lineup of the best DJs
House Music – House Music – HOUSE MUSIC ALL CRUISE LONG!!

 

BOOK YOUR CABIN NOW!!!

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THE INTERNET Releases Syd-Directed Video For New Single “Come Over” + Touring with Gorillaz This Fall

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THE INTERNET have released a brand new video for their amazing, most recent single “Come Over,” directed by the band’s frontwoman Syd. “Come Over” is one of the standout tracks on the band’s forthcoming album, HIVE MIND, due out July 20th, 2018. 

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HIVE MIND – written and produced entirely by THE INTERNET — is the band’s follow up to their breakthrough third album, Ego Death. That album’s fresh sound — funk-tinged beats, laced with slinky guitars, evocative keys, and heart-striking lyrics about relationships with women — earned it a GRAMMY nomination for Best Urban Contemporary album, countless sold out shows, and massive acclaim on an international scale, quickly catapulting THE INTERNET to one of the most exciting new artists of this decade. 

 

After a lengthy world tour in support of that record, the band encouraged each other to explore their identities as solo artists; incredible solo albums from all five members of THE INTERNET emerged to rapturous response throughout 2017. Feeling the unity of coming back together, however, created the foundation for what became HIVE MIND

 

In their new music, members Syd (vocalist/songwriter), Matt Martians (producer), Steve Lacy (guitarist/vocalist/songwriter), Patrick Paige II (songwriter/bassist), and Christopher Smith (songwriter/drummer) present kaleidoscopic, neo-soul, future sounds that reveal the growth in their creative chemistry. It’s light years beyond their previous output, and even in its slower moments, the project is both intricate and minimal, giving each member’s contributions the space to shine. 

 

This sense of togetherness – not just for them, but for everyone – is one that the band chose to highlight as a major theme for the album.  “After making a few songs we realized that we really want to use this album to live by example and promote camaraderie amongst young black people,” Syd reveals. “We realized that we’re the only band of our kind. And we want to really solidify ourselves as that, as the best.”

 

THE INTERNET will be touring extensively throughout the rest of 2018, including dates opening for Gorillaz this fall, and playing as part of their inaugural American Demon Dayz festival in Los Angeles this October. See dates below.

HIVE MIND track listing:

1. Come Together
2. Roll (Burbank Funk)
3. Come Over
4. La Di Da
5. Stay the Night
6. Bravo
7. Mood
8. Next Time / Humble Pie
9. It Gets Better (With Time)
10. Look What U Started
11. Wanna Be
12. Beat Goes On
13. Hold On

PRE-ORDER HIVE MIND HERE

6/1/18 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival
6/3/18 – Paris, France @ We Love Green
6/5/18 – Cologne, Germany @ Gloria
6/6/18 – Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel&Gefahrlich
6/9/18 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival
6/10/18 – Manchester, UK @ Parklife Festival
7/13-14/18 – London, UK @ Lovebox
7/13-15/18 – Grafenhainichen, Germany @ Melt Festival
7/13/-15/18 – Dublin, Ireland @ Longitude
7/20/18 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival (SYD SOLO SET)
8/10-13/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
8/25-25/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk
10/8/18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre (with Gorillaz)
10/9/18 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre (with Gorillaz)
10/11/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center (with Gorillaz)
10/13/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center (with Gorillaz)
10/14/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Afropunk
10/16/18 – Chicago, IL @ United Center (with Gorillaz)
10/20/18 – Pico Rivera, CA @ Demon Days

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Beloved Festival: Transformative summer music experience Aug. 10-13 ft. Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti

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Cultivating the Soul: Beloved Festival Builds Community with Powerful Sounds, Movement, and Conversations

This first phase of this year’s lineup announcement includes Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti, Trio Da Kali, Innov Gnawwa, Novalima, El Búho, Chancha Vía Circuito, Plantrae, and Kaleema.  

Forests think in decades, not hours. Beloved Festival, the annual gathering uniting eclectic music and ecstatic experience, thinks similarly, building community and building soil in the middle of the boreal rainforests of Oregon. Every year, the festival seeks out artists and movement teachers from around the world whose work speaks across boundaries, who can bridge broad divides yet keep an incisive edge. It hosts art that reveals all we have to learn from one another, in a space that mixes playfulness and thoughtfulness.

Past acts have included everything from Sufi devotional music to deep house, from West African desert blues to alt-Latin or Yemeni indie rock, all performing on a single stage to ensure focus and foster a unifying experience.Highlights include artists as diverse as Odesza, Beats Antique, Karshe Kale, Rising Appalachia, Les Nubians, Amadou & Miriam, Bombino, Vieux Farka Toure, DakhaBrakha, and King Sunny Ade.

“Beloved stands in between spirit and soul,” explains festival founder and artistic director Elliot Rasenick. “We try to create space for ecstatic, spiritual connection. We want to make this experience open for everyone, no matter where you’re from, and a festival setting is a great way to give people this opportunity.”

The festival stays true to this original mission, with substantial yoga and other spirit-centering practices and with electronic dance and world music designed to take listeners higher.

Beloved also hosts nationally and internationally renowned yoga teachers and other revered teachers of other spiritual disciplines and practices. They conduct workshops and sessions in stunning custom tents with a top-notch production and live music or DJ sets. All serves to elevate and expand, to heal and connect via the spirit.

Yet explorationation of spiritual heights is insufficient on its own. For Beloved and the community it has fostered over more than ten years have realized they need to address the soul, the deeper core of each person must be in contact with the depths of the struggles of humanity. “In its earlier years, Beloved focused explicitly on spirit, on ecstasy. However, as the festival has matured, it has been asked to be made whole and to get in touch with soul,” Rasenick says. “We’re choosing to go deeper, to be willing to have difficult conversations and to be engaged in the world. Spirit may not talk about rape or about gender and sexual violence. There is a spiritual plane where white supremacy and the painful inequities of a racist country get overlooked; and to make things whole in the world or in our own lives, we have to be in touch with soul, and to face the pain in the world..”

The festival stops programming at the very height of the excitement to address some of these issues of power and privilege, striving to create a safer space for people of all backgrounds. It asks the audience what it can do to foster more diversity and inclusion. It offers explicit food for thought about consent and white supremacy, hoping to help festival goers connect their personal experiences to the greater conversation on social justice and social justice movements.

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For Beloved, the dedication to the soul doesn’t stop with the festival. “Outside of the festival, there’s a big opportunity to foster stronger relationships and trust between communities of color regarding our programming,” explains Dez Ramirez, Beloved Community Manager. “Part of Beloved taking a stance with social justice work is reaching out to these communities that are scared,angry, and hurt. We are working to let these communities know we are here to support them, and that we are working to do better in making our festival a safer, more inclusive space.”

Transforming values into action has become a central part of Beloved, beyond the excellent programming. The festival has banned single-use containers and utensils, coming up with a unique system to manage durables for food vendors. They have also found a way to compost all organic waste, from food scraps to poop, in a multi-year process that promises to return organic matter to the soil of the festival site, which was brutally clear cut several decades ago. “We’re rebuilding the soil in the forest, as we rebuild our connection to something beyond our everyday lives,” says Rasenick.

The multi-year arc of natural processes is mirrored in how Beloved sees its community. “We’ve worked to build out our perspective and to be a bit more clear  on things like diversity, equity and inclusion” says Ramirez. “A goal going forward is to make Beloved more accessible to marginalized folks that appreciate the festival world, or have a curiosity about it but don’t always feel comfortable in it. We’re working to address the why behind these issues.”

“Our festival has always been an experiment,” adds Rasenick, who first created Beloved to unite the global music and electronic dance music communities. “It’s a spiritual experiment and if some people feel they can’t participate fully, then the experiment fails. We want everyone involved. That, for us, is a successful festival.”

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Kamasi Washington Debuts: Street Fighter Mas | Heaven and Earth out June 22 + Tour Dates

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KAMASI WASHINGTON’S HEAVEN AND EARTH OUT JUNE 22 
Groundbreaking artist Kamasi Washington debuts a new song, “Street Fighter Mas.” Listen here and watch the trailer for the track’s forthcoming video, directed by A.G. Rojas, here. Washington’s immensely anticipated sophomore album Heaven and Earth is out June 22 via Young Turks.

 

Of the song, Washington says:

“When I was younger, I was in between the end of the arcade generation and the beginning of the console generation. We used to go to this place called Rexall to play Street Fighter. At Rexall, there would be different people from different hoods there playing the game. It was the one place that was like an equalizer. It was just about how good you were at Street Fighter…for the most part. In other places, you were afraid of these dudes; there, you would just play the game and it was what it was, you know? I was really good at Street Fighter, so where the song really came from was me jokingly saying I was going to have my own theme song so that when I showed up to play Street Fighter they’d play my theme song before I came in, like a boxer. In the context of the album, it was the connection that we got with those guys in our neighborhood. We used to call them OGs, the older guys that we looked up to.

 

In a lot of ways, for me, video games was the way I connected with them because I was never affiliated with any gangs, but I knew them and I was cool with them and that was mainly through the video games. At an older age I thought how amazing would it be if the OGs could just play the game and solve their problems that way. The meaning within the scope of the record is a connection to the past and all of the many ways we can connect.”

 

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Heaven and Earth, the long-awaited follow up to Washington’s debut The Epic, is comprised of two halves, which find Washington confronting quotidian realities with cosmic themes. A further investigation of Washington’s world building ideas, the new album explores his reckoning with current global chaos and his vision for the future.

 

Washington convened his band, The Next Step, as well as members of the long running collective The West Coast Get Down at Henson Studios in Los Angeles to record the 16 tracks on Heaven and Earth. The music was composed, written and arranged by Washington, with new arrangements of jazz and bebop legend Freddie Hubbard’s “Hubtones” and iconic kung fu film theme “Fists of Fury,” as well as one song by bandmate Ryan PorterThundercatTerrace Martin, Ronald Bruner, Jr., Cameron GravesBrandon ColemanMiles MosleyPatrice QuinnTony Austinand many more contribute to the album.

 

“Street Fighter Mas” follows “Fists of Fury” and “The Space Travelers Lullaby,” released in April alongside a pair of accompanying scenes created by acclaimed British artist and director Jenn Nkiru. The visual pieces are inspired by a more expansive collaborative Heaven and Earth film project that is due for release later in the year.

 

To celebrate the release of Heaven and Earth, Washington will tour globally with stops in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Tokyo and beyond. See full tour details below and visit kamasiwashington.com for more information.

 

Kamasi Washington is a multi-instrumentalist and producer born and raised in Los Angeles. He grew up playing jazz in the city’s storied Leimert Park neighborhood. Forming his first band, the Young Jazz Giants, with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, Ronald Bruner, Jr. and Cameron Graves in high school, Washington went on to study ethnomusicology at UCLA and play with Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq and more.

 

His debut album, The Epic, was released in 2015 to rapturous critical reception, universally embraced as one of the best of the year and awarded the inaugural American Music Prize. Heaven and Earth follows The Epic as well as Washington’s 2017 EP Harmony of Difference, an exploration of the musical concept of counterpoint that debuted as an original work for the 2017 Whitney Museum of Art Biennial.

 

Heaven and Earth, over two and a half hours of music, will be available on double deluxe CD and a four piece vinyl housed in bespoke double gatefold sleeve, in addition to all digital services. The album is available to pre-order via http://y-t-r.co/heavenandearth

 

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“‘The world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind.’  This idea inspired me to make this album Heaven and Earth. The reality we experience is a mere creation of our consciousness, but our consciousness creates this reality based on those very same experiences. We are simultaneously the creators of our personal universe and creations of our personal universe. The Earth side of this album represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The Heaven side of this album represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me.

 

Who I am and the choices I make lie somewhere in between.”—Kamasi Washington

 

I. EARTH

1. Fists of Fury
2. Can You Hear Him
3. Hubtones
4. Connections
5. Tiffakonkae
6. The Invincible Youth
7. Testify
8. One of One

 

II. HEAVEN

9. The Space Travelers Lullaby
10. Vi Lua Vi Sol
11. Street Fighter Mas
12. Song for the Fallen
13. Journey
14. The Psalmnist
15. Show Us the Way
16. Will You Sing

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New Music & Video: Regina Madre “(I Keep) Holding On”

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Regina Madre, a pseudonym meaning Queen Mother, is an enigmatic newcomer to the front lines of soul music. Her freshman foray captures a powerful range of emotions in this soulful collection filled with the vibes of life, love, and royal queendom and she beckons her listeners to join her in celebration of these themes within themselves. Sparking nostalgia and inspiration with each track, Regina’s sound is an enchanting combination of jazz, singer-songwriter and pop that melds with her unique vocals and poetic lyrics.

 

While invoking passion, strength, and individuality with her lyrics, Regina keeps her real identity hidden. In the words of EME Label Executive and super producer Carvin Haggins, “She wants the music to stand on its own. Her music is one of empowerment and enlightenment; and Regina doesn’t want to muddy the waters with provocative imagery that takes the focus off the message. So she’s anonymous (at least for now) and lets the music do the talking.”

 

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Regina explains music is part of her DNA: she hails from Gary, Indiana and was raised by musicians whose influence instilled a love for the arts within her from her earliest days. However, she kept her musical passions on hold as she pursued what her mother, a singer herself, would describe as more realistic dreams. Now, after accomplishing many of those other life goals, Regina demonstrates that dreams never cease to exist.

 

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For now, listeners will remain with one burning question:
“Who is Regina Madre”?

 

 

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George Clinton & Parliament “Medicaid Fraud Dogg” – 1st album since 1980

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George Clinton and Parliament – The Funk We Need Now: George Clinton & Parliament Release Medicaid Fraud Dogg

Parliament’s new album, Medicaid Fraud Dogg, is the paradigm-shifting funk group’s first in 38 years. (release: C Kunspyruhzy Records Inc.; digital only) Their May 26 live performance at the L.A. Greek Theater kicked off George Clinton’s final world tour.

 

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic will circle the globe in the next twelve months until they tear the roof off the sucker for the last time in May 2019, after which the Parliament-Funkadelic legendary juggernaut will continue on its own without Clinton.

 

“I had to get this music out there,” says trailblazing founder and lead singer and songwriter for the group, George Clinton. “I felt real creative urgency to give the world this, right now.”

First Single: 

I’m Gon Make You Sick O’Me, feat. Scarface, Mudbone

 

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The press release could end right there: Parliament and Clinton are woven into America’s pop cultural fabric so tightly, it’s hard to miss their iconic anthems and sound, their wild imagination and pervasive influence. Watch Guardians of the Galaxy 2, listen to just about any hip hop track (Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic,” say) or recent R&B single, ride certain rides at Disneyland, and you’ll hear them. Head to the Smithsonian, and you’ll see their unforgettable Mothership on permanent exhibit.

 

Clinton and Parliament have been instrumental not only in founding an entire genre, but also in forging the sound of several generations of younger musicians, inspiring, mentoring, and collaborating with the likes of Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few.

 

Though the band hasn’t had a fresh album since 1980’s Trombipulation, they recently sold out the 17,000-seat Hollywood Bowl and freed the minds and asses of packed festival crowds at Coachella. Clinton is consulting producer for Season 2 of Mike Judge’s Tales from the Tour Bus on HBO/Cinemax, and all episodes will feature funk legends. In fact, Clinton has been so busy doing everything from blockbuster European tours to curating vinyl subscriptions, it’s shocking he’s had time to lay down new tracks.

 

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Medicaid Fraud Dogg jumped out of the furious activity, as Clinton listened to “Flying Lotus, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z’s new album, Tra’Zae, and all that shit coming out of Atlanta. All that trap shit. I’m trapped in it,” as he explained to fans on Reddit in a recent AMA.

 

Yet while diving in and out of what’s hot in music, Clinton keeps his own radically singular perspective and his hallmark push for change through funk. Medicaid Fraud Dogg is a wild and funky musical excursion through the inner workings of the corrupt modern American medical machine, with tracks like “Medicated Creep”, “Pain Management”, “Psychotropic”, “Insurance Man”, and “I’m Gon Make You Sick O’Me.”

 

“Whenever political shit gets to like what’s going on now, you always find that music rises up to be a part of it. This reminds me so much of ’66 and ’67 when the Vietnam War was heating up and people started understanding together the civil rights concept that everyone was fighting for,” Clinton told Noisey in a recent interview. “The women’s march, all that needed was some funky music to it. They had different causes, but they all know positivity and felt that they had to be there together, and that’s what’s going to happen with this shit. You’re going to get so many people rising up that the whole country is going to come together. Funk will be around when that shit is needed. You have to dance your way out of your constrictions, and you need some funky music to do that.”

 

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VIDEO: MANDIA “Pull Up (SKRRT)” feat. Eric Bellinger

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Some predictions require crystal balls. Others can be made using more tangible things, like ears, a heart, a rump, and a devotion to righteous grooves. That’s all anyone needs to know that “Pull Up (Skrrt),” the electrifying new single from fast-rising Ottawa R&B singer/songwriter Mandia, is poised to be the break-out smash of the summer, if not the year.

The slinky and decidedly after-dark “Pull Up (Skrrt)” juxtaposes superstar singer/producer Eric Bellinger’s soulful voice against Mandia’s, as expressive and gravity-defying an instrument as those of her spiritual sisters Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. Seriously, girl could start fires with that thing! Mandia’s soaring counter-narrative to Bellinger’s lyrics in the single is positively dazzling.

Co-written by Mandia and Bellinger with Toronto’s own LUCA, Savannah Ré and Emerson Brooks, and produced by SLMN & LUCA, “Pull Up (Skrrt)” is out now on all streaming platforms. A stylish lyric video (“Which contains all the tools you’d need to pull up and skrrt,” Mandia howls)

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“We were all in one room writing, and then Eric ended up hopping on later and writing his own verse. It was so cool,” Mandia, just 21, recalls of the single’s creative process. “I had been looking for a feature to add to the song and when I came across Eric, I knew he would be perfect with the vibe I was looking for.”

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As for the song’s saucy lyrics, Mandia says, “To me, ‘skrrt’ means you’re in and out. This single began as a bit of a joke, something people would say, ‘We’re going to pull up and skrrt!’ But I insisted we stick with the line and melody we came up with because it flows and is so memorable. When I listened to the demo, I knew we had to follow that through.”

“Pull Up (Skrrt)” demands inclusion in the fiercely innovative R&B/hip-hop arena. “I am a vocalist first,” Mandia says. “I grew up listening to Beyoncé, JoJo, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera. What’s coolest for me about R&B and hip-hop is that the vocals are the main attraction. I’d like to explore other genres but R&B/hip-hop is where I see myself now.”

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While fans are grooving on “Pull Up (Skrrt),” Mandia will be hard at work crafting future singles to cement her status as Canada’s most exciting new voice. “I am working with some really dope producers and writers on an EP, Cocktails & Dreams, that I hope to release later this year. And performing live is one of my favourite things to do, so shows will be coming up as well.

“I think this single will let people get to know me as an artist, get to know my name,” says Mandia, already an Instagram sensation. “The reaction so far has been amazing; people have been loving it. Even DJ Khaled has backed the single. I couldn’t be happier.”

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