MP3: Lais – “Just Us”
Toronto via Pakistan Singer Reminisces at 3AM On New Single Debuted by The FADER, Preps 114 EP For February 19th Release
Critical Praise for Lais:
“Lais’ plain, memorable lyrics and mesmerizing, electric piano-driven production capture the listener in a deep spell” – HotNewHipHop
“Lais has a knack for melody and a great ear for beats” – Pigeons and Planes
Pakistan-born, Toronto-based artist Lais got a big look last summer when Drake played his single “For You” during OVO Sound Radio, Episode 2, just before getting into debuts of “Charged Up” and “Hotline Bling.” Carrying that momentum into 2016, Lais is gearing up for the release of his 114 EP. On his new single “Just Us,” which debuts via The FADER, the silky-voiced singer takes the city’s distinctive deep R&B sound and tops it off with his own dark, luxurious vibes.
“I wrote this song during times where my girl and I were going through it and I got sick of all the back and forth,” Lais tells The FADER. “It’s kind of just saying like regardless of all our issues and all the other bullshit involved in our relationship, we always end up with each other anyways, so put the drama aside and come through cause I miss you.” Produced by CVRE, “Just Us” follows 114 singles “Cocaine Rain” and “Moon & Stars 2,” featuring Skizzy Mars, which have accumulated more than 740K plays on SoundCloud
Set to release Feb. 19th, Lais’s 114 EP is the artist’s most mature project yet, channeling his life experiences into his intensely personal music. “I went through a lot the past year,” Lais recalls. “2015 was fucked up and gorgeous at the same time.” The EP chronicles the collapse of a relationship, and “Just Us” represents the “beginning of the end.” Lais’ EP contains elements of Hip-Hop and R&B, but Lais prefers not to be restricted by genre labels. “I mean musically I can’t even give it a genre, it’s a little bit of everything,” Lais explains. “I tried to bring together all the sounds I’ve been messing with over the past year and I feel like it came out beautiful.”
Lais will be celebrating his 114 EP release on Feb. 19th in Toronto at Concorde CityPlace SkyLounge – the event is invite only, more details to come.
Listen to Lais – “Just Us”: https://soundcloud.com/lais/just-us
Check out The FADER premiere: https://www.thefader.com/2016/02/04/lais-just-us
Pre-order Lais – 114 EP: smarturl.it/114EP
Bursting out of the vibrant Toronto scene of rappers, singers and multi-hyphenates, Lais is the latest Canadian Hip-Hop/R&B hybrid to take the Internet by storm. Like superstar countrymen Drake, The Weeknd and PartyNextDoor, Lais specializes in soundtracking drug-fueled late nights with rhythmic singing over skittering beats and hazy, dreamlike instrumentation. Since posting his music to Reddit in July 2014, Lais racked up millions of Soundcloud plays and earned positive press from Pigeons & Planes, Noisey and HotNewHipHop. On February 19th, Lais releases his new 114 EP, featuring an appearance from Skizzy Mars and production from CVRE and Vinnyx, which he hopes will propel him to the next rung on the ladder to stardom.
“Just Us”: https://soundcloud.com/lais/just-us
“Distance (ft. Skizzy Mars)”: https://soundcloud.com/lais/distance-ft-skizzy-mars
“For You (Remix ft. Skizzy Mars)”: https://soundcloud.com/skizzymars/for-you-remix-ft-skizzy-mars
“Tell Me”: https://soundcloud.com/lais/tell-me