19-year-old Las Vegas resident excels on funky-house and ballad-strewn debut
The opening track of this debut EP from 19-year-old Shamir Bailey might remind you of Friendly Fires’ Jack Savidge doing a Diana Ross interpretation of their first single ‘On Board’, but it’s even better than that. The disco-worshipping, androgynous teen might hail from Las Vegas but on the strength of these five songs (three funky-house stompers, one stupendous ballad and a heart-rending cover of Lindi Ortega) it’s fair to say his spiritual homeland is late-’80s Detroit and his god an ill-behaved hybrid of Grace Jones and Frankie Knuckles. Shamir wrote the likes of ‘I Know It’s A Good Thing’ on a drum machine and got to work on production with New York imprint Godmode. If this is the house that Shamir built, I’m moving in.