Title: Stay EP
Genre: Trip Hop, Soul, Electronic
Label: DIRT TECH RECK
Released: September 17, 2013
You Will Like This if You Like: Little Dragon, Hiatus Kaiyote
Produced by: Tiny Hearts (Jeedo, Dede, Tim K)
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Asynchronous, moody, futuristic and still funky, The Stay EP by Tiny Hearts is a must listen. We thoroughly enjoyed this aural journey, which is the same time dark and silky. Eerily reminiscent of trip hop pioneers Portishead and Massive Attack (or more recently Hiatus Kaiyote or Little Dragon), this debut effort sizzles and draws the listener in closer. Enjoy.
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The comrades of Tiny Hearts ® (Waajeed, Dede Reynolds, Tim K) met at a bar beneath the J train in New York City. Cadillac margaritas and invisible hands pushed the three to a southside basement for a late night listening session. Resulting remixes led to original mixes, and the group was formed. Voices from the beyond, esoteric concepts and milkshake metrics all played a role in this groups’ fruition. The result: a reflection of intention.
Waajeed, a founding member of Detroit’s Slum Village and Platinum Pied Pipers, was in a period of deep introspection when he met Brooklyn duo DEDE (Dede Reynolds and Tim K). As a key figure in the collaboration, he shapes the sonic palette now known as Tiny Hearts ®. Tim K is a jazz-trained producer and composer bringing a unique melodic sensibility and lyrical identity to the Hearts. He is the glue of the trio.
Dede Reynolds, a nomadic chanteuse, contributes her icy pure vocal texture, creating the stark contrast to Waajeed’s gritty tracks that defines the sound. Her love of French pop, vintage fashion and Italian horror
shapes the auditory and visual representation of the band. She is the centerpiece of the hearts.
The group debuted on the DIRT TECH RECK takeover on Benji B’s BBC radio show in late 2012. Circulation and word of mouth created a buzz, resulting in support from KCRW’s Garth Trinidad, Aaron Byrd, Anthony Valadez and countless other radio and club DJs across the globe. They recently had their live debut in Los Angeles with Boiler Room TV at HVW8 Gallery.
After two years of studio incubation, this September of 2013, Tiny Hearts® proudly presents its first EP. The four-song album offers a sonic balance of hard and soft, reflecting the undertones of the group’s base in Detroit and Los Angeles. The overall ghostly feel of the tracks breathes fresh air into current music.
A group of masterful artists and designers contributed to the look of this EP. For the limited release, handmade/hand printed covers were commissioned from artists Cody Hudson and Munguni. Chicago-based Cody Hudson is a rising star in the contemporary art world. He shows internationally and collaborates with Vice magazine and Nike. Japan-based Munguni is an artist whose line drawings attracted Tiny Hearts ® band members via Instagram.
In addition, for its music videos, the group collaborated with two cinematic innovators: The Dario Argento-inspired director Aron Kantor on the “Centerfold” track, and the powerhouse duo of director Justin Kelly (The Gossip’s “Men in Love”), and cinematographer Chris Blauvelt, (Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’), on “Stay”.
If you like this LP after listening, please support this artist and purchase it.
Check out the official video for “Centerfold” below: