Daily Distraction: Listen to Shamir Bailey get 'Reproductive'
Life gets tricky
When musician Shamir Bailey shipped off the demos that would become debut album Ratchet to producer Nick Sylvester, he was surprised by the initial feedback.
"[Sylvester] was listening and he was like, 'This is so house! You must listen to so much Frankie Knuckles and this and that and blah, blah, blah,'" Bailey said in a 2015 interview. "I mean, I had heard of house — it wasn't a term that was unfamiliar to me — but it wasn't something I could pinpoint if I heard it because I was so deep into guitar-based music at the time."
In the years since that dancefloor-oriented debut, Bailey has gravitated back to those earlier musical impulses, recording lo-fi, bedroom-pop tracks for Hope, from 2017, and more recently debuting new song "Reproductive," an addictive earworm that sets Bailey's pristine voice within a tangled nest of guitar. "Life gets tricky," Bailey sings at the onset, which tracks as an understatement amid the chaos of these last couple of years.
Give it a listen below.