I OH YOU, Laneway, Noisey, FBi & TheMusic present
8:00pm, Thu 11 February, 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
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Laneway, I OH YOU & Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce Laneway sideshow performances from disco house R&B marvel Shamir * for his debut performances in Australia.
20 year old Las Vegas artist Shamir Bailey burst onto the scene in 2014 with his EP Northtown, receiving crazy amounts of praise for the then 19 year old. Northtown opener 'If It Wasn't True' catapulted Shamir into the limelight, showcasing his modern take on soul, r&b, house, disco, rap and pop.
Aside from being a total relationship guru, Shamir's recently released debut LP Ratchet (XL Recordings/Remote Control Records) has critics going wild for his super quirky and uplifting jams. Pitchfork's coveted Best New Music title was awarded to Ratchet and described as 'an honest, earnest pop record.' Ratchet lead single 'On The Regular' continues to dominate airwaves in Australia, with its catchy melodies and perfect application of cow bell.
'Shamir elaborates on the gutsy melodies of those early demos and singles and makes good on the hype' - Pitchfork
'An album of movement that reaches toward the sublime' - Boston Globe
'Delivering a healthy dose of real talk, set to clean cuts of vintage Chicago house grooves' - Rolling Stone
Bringing a full band, perfect posing, and wild outfits, Shamir's live shows have been receiving similar acclaim. As a standout SXSW 2015 buzz act, Shamir's buoyant and bright first taste of Ratchet was caught on camera by NPR (watch here).
He provides copious fuel. Mingling Detroit funk disco, arcade machine house bleeps, R&B soul and dashes of hip-hop, he sings of being wild, weird and under drinking age in Sin City - The Guardian
'Heart-on-sleeve lyrics coupled with a live band, Shamir is a stunning live act' - Gig Wise
Shamir's music is infectiously uplifting and is unlike anything you've ever seen before. A true example of a modern day multi-genre musical star, don't miss out on seeing Shamir in his absolute prime.