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Sound Tracks: “Baby’s Got It” by Maylee Todd

A new single by the local artist gets an appropriately sexy video.

Believe it or not, music videos still exist. Sound Tracks trolls the internet to find the best and the worst of local artists’ new singles and the good, bad, or otherwise noteworthy visuals that accompany them.

Last week, Maylee Todd held a video release party for her new single, “Baby’s Got It,” at a warehouse in the Trinity Bellwoods area. Partying under the watchful gaze of a giant puppet (the warehouse is used by Clay and Paper Theatre, a puppet troupe) were members of the city’s music scene, of course, but also performers from the comedy circuit, a middle-aged group from the Kapisanan Cultural Centre, and a number of exceptional dancers.

Prior to the screening, Maylee led a ribald group aerobics workout, surrounded and supported by her Sweatshop Hop collective. Clad in spandex and vintage workout gear, they encouraged the enthusiastic crowd to pelvic thrust and booty bump. The workout climaxed with Maylee encouraging over a hundred people to lie on their backs and perform bicycle leg exercises.

That combination of sexy and silly has long been a part of Maylee’s performance persona, exemplified by her “Aerobic in Space” video, and in her NSFW cameo in Phèdre’s “In Decay.” Maylee’s style is on display once more in the video for “Baby’s Got It,” in which she dances, plays, and flirts across Toronto. Packed with short sequences shot over the summer by Reynard Li—and with puppeteers, bodybuilders, and performance artists featured and credited—the video is best encapsulated by a make-out session between Maylee and designer and renaissance woman Juliann Wilding, in her Sweatshop Hop persona: one-eyed Vagina Slim.

The song itself, recorded with a band made up of players from The Big Sound and Loving In The Name Of (a recurring dance party), is boisterous and fun, undoubtedly her most accessible yet. All this adds up to a video that’s done better than a thousand hits an hour in its first twenty-four. Maylee and her many, many collaborators may very well have a viral hit on their hands.

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