Pakistan-born, Toronto-based artist Lais got a big look last summer when Drake played his single “For You” during OVO Sound Radio, Episode 2, just before getting into debuts of “Charged Up” and “Hotline Bling.” Carrying that momentum into 2016, Lais is gearing up for the release of his 114 EP. On his new single “Just Us,” which debuts via The FADER, the silky-voiced singer takes the city’s distinctive deep R&B sound and tops it off with his own dark, luxurious vibes.
“I wrote this song during times where my girl and I were going through it and I got sick of all the back and forth,” Lais tells The FADER. “It’s kind of just saying like regardless of all our issues and all the other bullshit involved in our relationship, we always end up with each other anyways, so put the drama aside and come through cause I miss you.” Produced by CVRE, “Just Us” follows 114 singles “Cocaine Rain” and “Moon & Stars 2,” featuring Skizzy Mars, which have accumulated more than 740K plays on SoundCloud
Set to release Feb. 19th, Lais’s 114 EP is the artist’s most mature project yet, channeling his life experiences into his intensely personal music. “I went through a lot the past year,” Lais recalls. “2015 was fucked up and gorgeous at the same time.” The EP chronicles the collapse of a relationship, and “Just Us” represents the “beginning of the end.” Lais’ EP contains elements of Hip-Hop and R&B, but Lais prefers not to be restricted by genre labels. “I mean musically I can’t even give it a genre, it’s a little bit of everything,” Lais explains. “I tried to bring together all the sounds I’ve been messing with over the past year and I feel like it came out beautiful.”