|Photo by Tonje Thilesen|
JayWood is Winnipeg based musician and songwriter Jeremy Haywood-Smith. His latest single, "Shine," is a blend of hip hop and R&B that has a terrific classic hip hop summertime feel. The song also features Richmond, VA's McKinley Dixon and is oddly positive despite the track's inspiration. While all of the song's on JayWood's upcoming album take place in the same day, "Shine" was written on the night of George Floyd's murder.
Jeremy Haywood-Smith says of his new song:
“I don’t think I’ve ever really felt activated or militant as much as I did the summer of 2020. It was an exhausting time but I wanted to try to do something to commentate on everything that was happening. As soon as the idea came to make a hip hop song I knew I had to get McKinley on it. The way he writes is so wild, I felt inspired to do something on that level as well."
You can watch the video for "Shine" below. Slingshot is due out July 15 on Captured Tracks, and can be pre-ordered/pre-saved here. For more on JayWood, check out the artist's Facebook and Twitter.