Week in Pop: Daddy, Mike Sempert, VA Violet

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The incredible, expansive & introspective bedroom pop world of VA Violet; photographed by Oksun Kitagawa.


NYC icon Daddy unveils new single & clothing line; photographed by Isabella Tan.

We have followed all the twists & turns on the way to the release of Daddy’s big album Youth FM which sees it’s big arrival today. Known for multidisciplinary works across a variety of mediums from visuals, stage, screen, comedy, drama & more; Saleh Daddy Ramazani shines as one of the NYC’s underdogs breaking out with one of autumn’s most anticipated releases that has been a long time in the works. Youth FM turns the dials & tunes in a channel of future frequencies where insightful personal introspection enters into the arenas of the audio aesthetics that have yet to be defined by the media at large.

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The stage is set with the derelict pursuit of directions on “Lost Kids” that finds Daddy harmonizing with his brother King Benji Ramazani that embraces the aimless feelings that arrives at the catchy cut of misunderstood priorities & more on “Loser”, previously debut earlier this year in Impose’s Week in Pop. Cool & calm romantic notions bubble over on the electric coasting “I Knew”, to throwing caution & cares to the wild winds on the shoulder shrug shuffle of “No Fucks”. The divide of diversions & communication breaks down are illustrated in honest on the smart phone avoidances & annoyances lamented on “Scrolling”, while “Solo” is a study in the importance of being your own ride or die companion that basks in a self-styled declaration of autonomy. The URL & IRL obfuscation of “Online/Offline” that questions a world where alleged friends would rather like one another’s post as opposed to engaging in actual generative discourse. Encouragement for everyone to overcome whatever hindrances that might stand in their way are paramount to the pop soundscape of Youth FM heard on the sincere crooning “Keep Trying, Keep Flying” that leaves the listener with “Calm Down” ft. Akili assuaging the stress with a duet that trades turning up for stepping up in the pursuit of doing better, feeling better & life quest to make our own shared worlds a better place to live in.

Styling & merch profiling with the one & only Daddy; photographed by Isabella Tan.

Daddy penned the following exclusive introduction to Youth FM:

Creating Youth FM is something I needed to do. I didn’t know what to do with my life after graduating. In college, my class and personal experiences taught me how to create and study art, but not how to become an adult or make a living. But I also had no interest in getting a job or making money. I just wanted to express which is what I did with this album. I did it in my own way in my bedroom in my parents home. It’s the soundtrack to my college experiences and the transition into adulthood. I just hope it helps others get through life and believe they can make what they want to make regardless of what life and society expects of them. Making this album taught me to believe in my ideas and to trust and appreciate those around me. This is just the beginning of Youth FM. Youth FM is more than an album.

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