EXTREMELY BAD MAN
RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
LOVE IS PURE
VIA BLOSSOM RECORDS AND AWAL
PREVIOUS HIGHLIGHT SINGLES RELEASED WITH ACCOMPANYING B-SIDES
Los Angeles, CA (July, 13, 2018) - Extremely bad man is a new project from Dominican-American artist, Julio Tavarez (As Tall as Lions / The Black and The White / The Dirt and The Grime) and British producer and songwriter, Elliot James (Columbia/Sony Music). And, together, they make for extremely good music. Love Is Pure, the duo’s debut album releases today on all DSPs.
Love Is Pure brilliantly showcases Tavarez’s ability to seamlessly blend elements of R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop and Electronica. Tavarez and James’ lineage began years ago in the touring rock band scene. Then last summer, they teamed up with Northeast producer Cobeshack upon realization of this new “concept sound” they were targeting.
Of Cobeshack, James notes, “Cobe’s beats and rhythms instantaneously struck chords in Julio and I, we began to feel like we could make what we had always wanted to hear. We started laying down melodies and chopping things up into different keys and chords, it was all super fluid. All the collaborations happened naturally, we tried desperately not to force anything in the process as much as possible, and I think the final album reflects that honestly.”
To date, Extremely bad man has released several tracks from from their debut album, Love is Pure. “Up with the Birdies” and “Venice” were the first A and B-side singles to drop. “Bombae Lemonade” & “Saturday” and “Stay (Part Two)” & “Parting Flowers” followed in consecutive weeks after. "I used to buy singles as a kid and they always had B sides,” shares Tavarez. “It was a special part of the experience. They were usually songs that were kept off the album or an instrumental version of the A side. Sometimes they were more exciting than the single itself. I still think about albums in vinyl format. You know, side A and side B. So naturally, when we decided to release singles, we figured having a B side would be the obvious thing to do."
The LP features contributions from Omenihu, Lex Famous and Jallal, as well as hip-hop mogul, Jan Fairchild (Mos Def, n.e.r.d and Justin Timberlake). The album touches themes of political bout, deception, and visually evocative love. The group mastered the LP at Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA with Evren Göknar (Red Hot Chili Peppers, D’Angelo, Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz). Their self created record see’s an ambitious graduation from the two’s signature rock operated genre’s, and crosses tropes of hip-hop and urban blues. The group developed bad man’s unique imagery with British artist Russ Murphy also known by Ruff Mercy. “Teaming up with Russ (Ruff Mercy) was magic, made it all feel tangible and real,” says James.
“I wanted extremely bad man to be raw,” describes Tavarez. “Most of the takes were one shot, scratch vocals that are not tuned or cleaned up that much. You can hear imperfections all over the record. It’s very honest.” James also notes, “I’m really grateful to have found bad man to be an outlet for us to make art we believe in, and love unapologetically.”
Love Is Pure is available everywhere on July 13, 2018.