Tush is a Toronto based duo comprised of Kamilah Apong and Jamie Kidd. Kidd's background as a bassist, DJ, producer and co founder of Box of Kittens, running techno and house events across Toronto and Berlin. Apong, who spent her formative years in the band Unbuttoned, came across a Craigslist ad for a live disco project searching for a vocalist. From this humble beginning, they met and developed a fruitful creative partnership.
Their debut EP do you feel excited? deliciously criss-crossing between the dance sounds of electro funk, early disco, and soulful 90's house. Kicking it off is 'To Darnelladon (and Beyond)', a cosmic-house love letter with sweeter than sweet vocals laced through an evocative bassline. Paying homage to the pioneers Freeez, Tush covers the Brit-Funk classic 'Southern Freeez' - keeping the sultry lightness of the original while conveying something musically urgent, true to Tush's style.
Underneath the celestial party jams, Tush shows a fascination with disco's dark matter. Long interested in combining dance floor disco antics with vulnerability, the final track 'Oh My' provides a space for frontwoman Apong to sonically explore trauma. 'I am not only a hype dancing diva' she says, 'I am a whole, multifaceted person that gets sad, jealous, anxious and insecure'. 'Oh My' soars with a tender intensity is, at once, strong-willed and supple.
Tush is here, do you feel excited? Stay tuned as they grind deeper into the dancefloor with their 2019 follow up.
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