XIX, the new single from the forthcoming EP Paragon, is a collaboration between Paper Diamond and the much celebrated LA production duo Christian Rich that features vocals from Scottish songstress Angela McCluskey of Telepopmusik fame. According to Paper Diamond “It’s a darker, moodier song which is a bit of a different direction than other pieces on Paragon”, but he’s thoroughly excited with the outcome and we trust that you will be too.
The collaborative production work on XIX yielded the velvety, expansive cut into something dark and nightlife-approved, laquered with glossy tones and pulsing rhythms. “XIX” script-flip oozes post- electronic minimalism, and highlights McCluskey’s aching vocals. Think dark rooms with flashing lights, narcotized conversations shrowded in a cloud of smoke, a dance party in slow motion.
Taiwo ‘Christian’ Hassan and Kehinde ‘Rich’ Hassan are on the same magical, symbiotic wavelength in the studio – the kind that can only be leveled by two talented producers of the twin variety. Dubbed Christian Rich, the brotherly duo has an impressive year behind them producing tracks like Earl Sweatshirt’s stuttering, lo-fi cut “Chum” plus collabs with Rye Rye and N.E.R.D.
Paragon will feature a range of production, instrumentation, and collaborators all weaved into Paper Diamond’s signature style. While “genre-defying” is an overused word, Paper Diamond is one of those rare artists who truly pulls it off, seamlessly weaving together genres as diverse as electro, trap, funk, dubstep, house, moombahton and hip-hop. During the past two months, while on tour with Excision, Paper Diamond has been dropping some of the new songs on stage, including another single “They Can’t Tell Me Nothing” which has caused crowds to get all railed up into a frenzy. According to Paper Diamond, “It’s one of the rowdiest parts of the show.” The single features original verses from Texas rapper J Fresh. Last week, Paper Diamond exclusively partnered with This Song Is Sick who offered up this first tasty sampler and boasted, “This has all the signs of being a festival anthem. The song starts with a peculiar stabbing synth that sets the mood of the track. It builds more energy and drop in some chopped up rapping adding the perfect touch. The drop hits and doesn’t let up, then bringing in the eerie synths once more.”
As the 2013 festival season is upon us, we can expect several more leaks, songs, and releases from Paper Diamond’s Paragon including the video for XIX which will be making its premier with Bonnaroo Festival this Thursday March 28th.
Paper Diamond continues his nationwide tour with Excision. The remaining tour dates are below.
Remaining Tour Dates Paper Diamond and Excision:
3/27 – Ottawa, ON @ LS Live
3/28 – Montreal, QC @ Telus Theater
3/29 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
3/30 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
4/04 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
4/05 – Richmond, VA @ The National
4/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE