Shamir Northtown EP on 12" Vinyl
Shamir Bailey is a 20-year-old Las Vegas native who grew up not on the strip but in the desert. His verve for life makes him almost impossible to categorize. As a young musician, he moves in and out of soul, R&B, house, disco, rap, and pop – in the tradition of artists like Prince, Grace Jones, David Bowie, and Madonna. Genre is a tool for Shamir, not a boundary. With an androgyne croon that recalls Nina Simone, Shamir rose from the suburbs of Vegas after sending demos to Nick Sylvester, who runs the Godmode label out of New York. Together they made the infectious 4-track recording Northtown, Shamir's debut EP originally issued in 2014. NME proclaimed that, "If this is the house that Shamir built, I'm moving in."