Jamil Rashad, a.k.a Boulevards, has announced his debut album, Groove! will be released on Friday 1 April via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records. He has also shared the first cut from the album, the insanely catchy ‘Cold Call.’ Listen to the tune below.
Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams. Growing up in Raleigh, NC, Jamil’s father, a R&B Radio DJ, exposed him to jazz, blues, and R&B. This pushed him to get involved in the city’s local music scene early on in his youth.
Jamil melds pop with vintage hip-hop elements — think Eddie Murphy meets The Sugarhill Gang — and it just works. ‘Cold Call’ introduces a slow hypnotic groove before a symphony of synths, creating a rhythmic cadence that stays with you even after the party is over.