Label: Independent
Released: April 23

Loony’s JOYRiDE is one of those everlasting introductions to an artist you’ll never forget. It’s full of soul music that invokes any number of feelings: nostalgia, romance, regret. It feels like summer: the heat of a bad decision disguised as a good one. Her vocal and production arrangements hit like sunshine during a spring shower. And the feels rain down on this one. The inspirations are real, too, and underneath Loony’s vocals, the heaviness of the lyrical content still looms. Muddied with a mixture of cynicism and precision, Loony can never be honest enough. She’s completely in tune with herself on “iN CODE,” singing brutally and beautifully on “WHiTE LiE,” avoiding emotional relapses on “NO!" As long as it lasts, JOYRiDE is incredibly fun, proving that Loony is an undeniable mainstay in Toronto’s growing R&B scene. —JJ Bottineau