#ICYMI, a roundup of noteworthy musical happenings in the city some call The 6.
Jully’s Back: Long touted as Canada’s queen of R&B, Jully Black arrives back on the scene as a “100% independent artist” on a serious grind. On the heels of “Fever”—the first single from her upcoming album tentatively titled “Jully Black the LP”—you can catch the soul diva in concert at the Phoenix on May 5. She describes her new album as “the New Motown Sound,” so expect that and more next month.
Jazz Attacks: Much talked-about rap recording artist Jazz Cartier—who’s been hailed as Toronto’s “next big thing” in more than a few circles—has finally dropped his latest full-length project. The 16-track project titled Marauding in Paradise was produced by long-time producer Lantz and is a mash of eclectic samples and next-gen lyricism. Real name Jaye Adams, the 22-year-old’s musical approach comes wrapped in a measured dialectic of self-awareness and braggadocio. Check it out, if you haven’t ready—it arguably represents the changing of the guard in the Canadian hip-hop scene.
Pluto’s a New Jack: As a relative newcomer to the scene, R&B/soul singer-songwriter Pluto The 9th Wonder has grabbed ears with his Jessica EP back in 2013. Pluto has revealed his musical influences include Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, and upcoming album Something You Shouldn’t Know—slated for release later this year—will be something that many will be checking out. In the meantime, new track “Crazy in Love” will serve to tide listeners over.