Montréal Funk & Soul Octet, Busty And The Bass, Release Two Stellar New Singles, ‘Clouds’ and ‘Summer’

23rd March sees the Montréal-based octet, Busty and the Bass, return with two new singles, the dreamy neo-soul “Clouds” [feat. Amber Navran] and the emotional gospel ballad “Summer.” Both songs can be heard today along side a live performance of “Summer” filmed with a 7-piece choir in St. James United Church in Montreal, Quebec. Moonchild singer Amber Navran lent her unmistakable croon to “Clouds” as a slick guitar echoes through a steady and stark beat and trumpets pipe up between warbling talk box and a heartfelt hook. The song “Summer” incorporates a swell of cinematic strings, adding rich scope to the tune where vocalist Nick Ferraro describes “a shitty summer and breaking up with happiness.”

Last month, the band announced their signing to indie label Arts & Crafts and shared the new single “Baggy Eyed Dopeman,” a raucous party anthem featuring legendary founder of Parliament/Funkadelic George Clinton. Clinton blesses the track with unfettered interstellar psychedelic funkiness like only he can. 

All of the tracks will be featured on the band’s forthcoming album, produced and mixed by Neal H Pogue. Pogue has worked with a whole new generation of artists taking funk, soul, and R&B into the 21st century including Anderson Paak, Kaytranada, Janelle Monae, and has won two GRAMMY® Awards for his work with OutKast (Speakerboxxx / The Love Below) and Tyler The Creator (IGOR). Pogue fell in love with Busty and the Bass’ sound and quickly took them under his wing.

The octet, Nick Ferraro [vocals, alto sax], Evan Crofton a.k.a. Alistair Blu [vocals, keys, synths], Scott Bevins [trumpet], Chris Vincent [trombone], Louis Stein [guitar], Milo Johnson [bass], Eric Haynes [keys, piano], and Julian Trivers [drums]—score nostalgic lyrical ruminations with a soundscape of simmering soul, fiery funk, spirited rock, hypnotic hip-hop, and artful R&B. 

The multinational band met during their first week as students in the jazz program at McGill University back in 2011. Beginning as an instrumental act, they capitalized on any and every gig they could, taking $100 for a three-hour set or exchanging tunes for wine and hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail party. They went on to drop a pair of EPs—GLAM [2015] and LIFT [2016]—before unveiling 2017’s full-length debut, Uncommon Good. In addition to packing houses on headline tours, they graced the stages of international festivals such as Made in America, Osheaga, Pinkpop, Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Great Escape, Ottawa Bluesfest, and Rifflandia, playing alongside the likes of Radiohead, Anderson .Paak, and Lana Del Rey.

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