Shamir - Northtown - 2014 Ltd 1000 Copies - R + B Electronic Dance Disco 4 Trk 12" EP
Shamir - Northtown
Cat#: GODMODE 046
Format: Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, EP, Limited Edition, Repress
Limited to 1000.
Released: 06 Jun 2014
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
A1 If It Wasn't True 3:58
A2 I Know It's A Good Thing 3:57
B1 Sometimes A Man 3:48
B2 I'll Never Be Able To Love 3:49
Shamir is Shamir Bailey, a 19-year-old musician from Las Vegas. He grew up not on the strip but in the desert, right across the street from a pig farm. Since his debut EP Northtown (released on New York label GODMODE, and produced by its owner Nick Sylvester) earlier this year, Shamir has been hailed as one of the most unique artists around.
Like many people his age, Shamir listens to all kinds of music, and sees no difference between Rihanna and Mac DeMarco. He played in a punk band called Anorexia, and taught himself guitar by learning old country songs. Shamir can be exuberant, and his joy can be infectious. He can also sing about loneliness and make us all feel a little bit less alone.
This is a re-pressing of the Northtown EP, extending the original run of 100 to 1000. The new run will be released on numbered vinyl housed in a hand silkscreen printed sleeve
The Northtown EP was produced by Nick Sylvester, founder of the Godmode label. Shortly after graduating from high school, Shamir emailed a demo tape to Godmode, hoping to find a label to release the demo tape.
Sylvester called the music "kind of like an R&B 'Yeezus'" and contacted Shamir the day after hearing the tape. Sylvester invited Shamir to come to New York City to make some "real music" as opposed to just releasing the demo tape
The music blog, NME, has rated Northtown as "one of 2014's most essential new EP's." In a review of the EP for NME, Eve Barlow wrote:
The disco-worshipping, androgynous teen might hail from Las Vegas but on the strength of these five songs (three funky-house stompers, one stupendous ballad and a heart-rending cover of Lindi Ortega) it's fair to say his spiritual homeland is late-'80s Detroit and his god an ill-behaved hybrid of Grace Jones and Frankie Knuckles... If this is the house that Shamir built, I'm moving in.
In July 2014, Radio.com included Northtown in its "New Music To Know: Best of 2014, So Far" profile, noting that "Shamir combines the honest songwriting of Taylor Swift with the theatrics of Lana Del Rey to make something that sounds far wiser than his 19 years.
"Recommended Listen" called Northtown "a watershed moment for both the artist and the label" and described the opening track ("If It Wasn't True") as "one of the year's best dance singles."
Foster Kamer of Pigeons & Planes rated Northtown as "2014's most exciting R&B Dance-Pop debut."
In July 2014, Flavorwire named Northtown's opening track one of its "25 Best Songs of 2014 So Far".
Shamir - Sometimes A Man
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Shamir - If It Wasn't True
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Shamir - I Know It's A Good Thing
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