Funk God Boulevards Signs to Captured Tracks, Announces Full Length
Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:32:21
It was only a matter of time: Priince and Pharrell were bound to get it on. Though surely some funky things have gone on at the Purple One's Minneapolis compound (pancakes, basketball, etc.), it's a fitting metaphor for the soul-injected music of Raleigh-based artist Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad), who, in a song like "Got to Go," marries the steamy funk grooves of Prince with the syncopated party beats of Pharrell.
The song starts his compact four-song self-titled EP, which he self-released last month and quickly caught the eye of Brooklyn-based Captured Tracks (Mac DeMarco, Craft Spells, Perfect Pussy). It's a shortie, too, just over the two-minute mark, but so groovy I can guarantee you'll play it on repeat. "Sanity," with its greasy bassline, and the filthy synths of "Honesty" are sure to get your body moving too.
Performing what he calls "party funk jams for the heart and soul to make you move," Rashad, the son of a jazz radio DJ, caught the music bug from an early age, growing up "in a house where jazz, blues, R&B and funk was played constantly."
His full length is planned for spring 2016, as is a tour; before then, he'll be playing a handful of shows. The next two are in New York, at Mercury Lounge November 18 and Baby's All Right November 19.
Check out the happy-inducing video for "Got to Go":
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
'Boulevards' EP from Boulevards is available via Omnian Music Group.