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July 12, 2019 — Amaal makes her debut with Black Dove , her first studio EP, out today via Universal Music Canada/Public Records. The rising Somali-Canadian R&B artist has been named a new artist to watch after her first single, “Not What I Thought,” received over 1 million views on YouTube. On Black Dove , Amaal continues to make a strong impression, showcasing her powerful intuition musically and emotionally. “Amaal has mastered the art of pairing airy but commanding vocals with pulsing production” The Fader revered. Her single “ Coming and Going ” was named one of the best music releases of the week by both Nylon and The Independent , while “ Not What I Thought ” led Amaal to be featured as Apple Canada’s best new artist of the week in February.
Speaking on the inspiration behind Black Dove , Amaal shared, “this EP represents the me that I was afraid to talk about. The me that I kept hidden out of fear of judgment. For the longest time I’ve put on this front of what a strong woman represents and what it means to me. But as I’ve maneuvered through my womanhood alongside other women going through similar things I realized true strength is in breaking down to rebuild. Showing vulnerability and being real about adversity. Getting in front of your fears and allowing yourself to grow regardless of the outcome. Black dove to me means freedom. Freedom from my own captivity. Freedom from the shackles society and I have placed on myself. The freedom of no longer committing a disservice to myself and owning every part of me.”
In tandem with the release of Black Dove , Amaal shares her video for “Later” directed by Kat Webber, who’s best known for directing videos for SZA’s “Garden” and Drake’s “Nice For What,” as well as Amaal’s video for “Coming & Going.” The video for “Later” is dedicated to FEAT , a bus program that brings families across Ontario to visit incarcerated loved ones. Based on Amaal’s personal experience, both the song and video illustrate the journey one chooses to endure for love and the sense of community built in the process of doing so.
“Toronto-based songstress Amaal is on the rise. The emotive singer-songwriter produces blissful R&B sounds, packed with nature imagery and candid lyrics that focus on topics of growth, love, heartbreak as well as global causes.”
“I’m reminiscing on the loss of my brother and acknowledging the fact that the grind don’t stop. I lost my brother but a lot of positivity has come out of my situation. I want to honor him in any way I can and make the Forever Yung movement recognised and most importantly live the best life I can.”- Pilla B
Today, Pilla B releases his new single and video for “Live From the Gutter” via Public Records/Universal Music Canada. “Live from the Gutter” marks the second anniversary of the tragic event but also a milestone for the positive progress Pilla B continues to make in pursuing his music career and honoring the memory and legacy of the late Yung Dubz with the inception of his brand Forever Yung. Pilla B delivers a touching song as he expresses coming to grips with the loss of his friend/brother, facing the consequences of living as a young black man from a marginalized community and embarking on the journey of fatherhood. A year ago, Pilla B released his debut album “One Year to Date,” a public snapshot of Pilla B’s emotional state and feelings over the last year since the tragedy that took his friend and musical collaborator Yung Dubz. This body of work documents the highs and lows that stemmed from that tragedy and ultimately Pilla B’s path to redemption and triumph.
Amaal, returns today with the music video for her most recent single, “Coming and Going.” Directed by Kat Webber, who’s best known for directing videos for SZA’s “Garden” and Drake’s “Nice For What,” the dream like visual stars Amaal as she cycles through her day reflecting on the impermanence of love and life. Filmed at a sun drenched home in the hills, the visual is a meditation on transience and seeks to flip the traditional response towards the inevitable passing of things from one of mourning to one of acceptance. “Coming and Going” is the second single from Amaal’s forthcoming debut project that’s set to release this summer.
Toronto Rapper Pilla B is coming hard in 2019 with his new single and video for “Big Chopper” featuring Chicago great King Louie via Public Records/Universal Music Canada. Pilla B comes through with a creative and trippy video with scenes from neon helicopters to newsrooms to UFOs. Along for the “ride” Pills tapped fellow Chicago Rapper Bread Doe for the cameo. The visual is directed by Miguel De Berry and Pat Banahan and produced by Burd and Keyz.
Rising Somali-Canadian R&B artist, Amaal, releases her new single, “Coming and Going,” today. “Coming and Going” is a silky, lustrous number inspired by the experience of being in love. The track muses on the highs and lows, acknowledging that the bad often doesn’t negate the good in a relationship. Speaking on the track’s inspiration, Amaal shared: “Coming and Going is about being in a relationship that had no defining status. I think a lot of us have been in situations where we should leave but it feels so good to stay.”
“Coming and Going” is the second single off Amaal’s upcoming debut EP set to be released this summer and is the follow-up to the ground breaking “Not What I Thought” released earlier this year.
Listen to “Coming and Going” here.
Artwork: Sean Brown
Pilla B is a new and exciting recording artist emerging from Rexdale, Toronto. He is adept at creating hooks and choruses that stick with his audience. His sound is gritty, visceral, and soulful. May of last year he dropped his project ‘1 Year To Date’ and just a few weeks ago he dropped his first single of 2019 titled “Good For You” featuring Yung Tory. As promised Pilla B returns with the official video. The KB Kutz and Trung Hoang directed clip finds the two rappers in a hazy penthouse as they smoke hookah with a few beautiful women by their side.
Pilla B returns this year with the mesmerizing melodic record, “Good To You” featuring Toronto’s own Yung Tory. Pilla B has zero plans of slowing down and “Good To You” is only the beginning so stay tuned for visuals coming soon, in the mean time listen here.
International recording artist Amaal releases “Not What I Thought” the first single off her forthcoming debut EP. Amaal also drops the accompanying music video for “Not What I Thought” directed by renown multidisciplinary creative Sean Brown (Daniel Caesar). The R&B influenced, bass thumping single is a gentle yet confident ballad about the end of a relationship. Hardly a new theme and yet, “Not What I Thought” unfolds as a salve for the question of how an intimate partner can become a stranger. "It's about finally realizing the person you're in love with is not who they've represented themselves to be. That love quickly conjugates to the past tense." – Amaal.