#ICYMI, a roundup of noteworthy musical happenings in the city some call The 6.
SATE: The artist known as SATE is passion personified. The vocalist and songwriter who has been musical mainstay in the city finally hits us with a debut album RedBlack&Blue, due on June 10. The album can be best defined as unapologetically rock and roll, a sound that SATE has refined over the year touring solo and backup for artists like Johnny Reid. Indeed, with a inimitable sound that mashes up rock, soul, and blues influences, the daughter of Canadian jazz/blues icon Salome Bey rocks when she needs to, grooves when she wants to, and with her latest single and video “Know My Name,” offers up a tantalizing funk, punk, and soul showcase for what the full length project has to offer.
dsvn: In keeping with the artists on Drake’s OVO Sound record imprint, the debut album from dvsn (pronounced “division”) arrives this week with a mysterious flair. Not too much is known about the R&B duo—singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85—and this is intentional. New album “Sept. 5” features moody electro beats in the vein of ’90s R&B but with a trap vibe and Weeknd-ish soul sensibility. Tracks like “With Me” and “Another One” are emblematic of the sounds pushing out of our city these days: confident, unapologetic, and destined for mainstream appeal. With this release—and impending releases from local artists such as Jahkoy, Tanika Charles, River Tiber—the state of R&B/soul in this city looks (and sounds) incredibly promising.