We were first introduced to Brendan Philip’s cryptic flair through a feature on Mississauga rapper and Fake Art Records ally Keita Juma’s bouncy house-hop single “Come Over.” Philip’s approach to electro R&B is both adventurous and experiential, and the release of his debut EP is a dreamy leap forward for the Toronto sound.
Co-produced and co-written with Jahmal Padmore and Keita Juma, Philip’s eponymous release was very much a shared creative journey for the Fake Art crew. “The same few people were always present during recording and building of ideas for songs, so it made it a nice environment for a lot of the experimentation you hear,” he notes. “The recording process happened in a few places, starting in Brampton near my parents' place, to Dreamhouse Studios in Toronto, to a spooky old house in the East End. We used a lot of new and mobile software to sketch ideas for beats and basslines, and also used live guitars to write songs.”
The end result is a sonic transcript of Brendan’s reflections on relationships, love, monogamy, sex, and beyond. “I want this music to be experienced like Eyes Wide Shut meets the dance floor.”