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Jarell Perry

In the new-school class of alternative-R&B, Jarell Perry is paving his own lane. The Southern California-bred vocalist and songwriter made a start for himself as an undergrad at UCLA, recording songs out of a dorm room and fronting bands on campus. After graduating, he continued to pursue music behind the scenes as a session writer in Los Angeles, leading him to meet rising producer HSVN. Together they delivered his debut LP Simple Things as a free release in 2013. A fusion of electronic soul and indie-pop, the album redefined cross-over appeal and drew acclaim from names as diverse as Rusko and Russell Simmons.

After touring the U.S. with Yuna in 2014, Perry released the White EP, a decidedly darker effort, which paints his signature vocal quality against ambient soundscapes by HSVN. Citing contemporary influences like Little Dragon and Classixx, the 7-track project is undeniably seductive. Still the singer maintains that it's an exploration of much more than sex. "A lot of introspective moments here...there are layers to it," he says. "I wanted it to be one of those projects you play over and over and hear something new every time." As buzz-worthy tracks like 'Truth Told' and 'Eleven' (featuring Chuck Inglish) suggest, White is truly a blank page - not only for Jarell Perry's own artistic reinvention but also the making of an entirely new genre.

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