JOYRYDE‘s BRAVE LP has arrived and it’s a masterpiece in every sense. As soon as the intro track “PRE OP” counts backwards from 10, it’s all over. The producer gets to work, blending UK bass, grime, hip hop, trap, and house for an immersive experience like no other. The album boasts his signature JOYRYDE style throughout, which knows no limits and speeds past the norm at every turn.
Within split seconds, JOYRYDE is able to seamlessly shift gears, from full throttle four on the floor to intricate theatrics to downright devastating bass attacks. While songs like “IM GONE,” “MADDEN,” “SELECTA 19” and more serve as familiar ear pleasers, “ON FIRE,” “MILK” featuring Fze, “4AM,” and more continue to engage from fresh, new perspectives. From the gritty, grime-laced sounds of “SLAY” featuring NoLay to the diverse, synth-forward spectrum heard in “BROOKLYN,” there’s never a dull moment with BRAVE.
JOYRYDE puts his blood, sweat, and tears into every single production on the album. His immaculate sound design and fierce attention to detail put BRAVE on a pedestal, but his passion and personal experience bring it back down to Earth and make it feel real.
We’ll leave you with a statement from the artist behind the madness:
In the middle of writing an EP, a disk in my lower back collapsed. After a successful surgery, I didn’t feel like myself at all. I had to take a lot of opioid pills and nerve damage meds to cope with the pain for 5 months and it threw me into a spiral filled with hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, and more.
I wasnʼt in the state of mind to finish the EP anymore. I knew right then it would be a LONG time until I could release music again.
To try and snap out of it, I went back to the studio and just started writing. I donʼt even remember making some of these ideas, to be honest. After a certain point, I tried to get off the meds which was super hard. After battling the shakes, withdrawals, insomnia, and overall pain, I finished one track, then a week later two more.
Needless to say, the past 4 years have been a complete struggle. That’s life, you handle what youʼre given. The experience gave me a new outlook on music and what I wanna do with the rest of my time alive. My role in life is to create for others. I’ve made peace with that notion. So here is “BRAVE” –
BRAVE represents JOYRYDE both as a musician and a warrior. Out now via HARD Recs.