Whatever you’re doing—stop right now. JOYRYDE has dropped 18-track album BRAVE on HARD Records. And we promise that this is going to make your work from home days bearable for the indefinite future. When we first got our ears on this, we took an hour (or so) dance break from work just to soak it all in. Shufflers, get ready.
Through bass house, trap, hip-hop, and grime, BRAVE tells the story of JOYRYDE’s triumph through adversity.
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, and 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.JOYRYDE
The full-length album takes you through a full cinematic experience, beginning with “Pre Op,” putting you under some four-on-the-floor anesthetic. Each track takes you along for the journey of JOYRYDE’s recovery. We melt from track one into a series of house bangers that also teach you a lesson. We’re taken through the lows, and consequently, the highs of JOYRYDE’s experience.
Who would have thought Bass House could make you feel so BRAVE?
We have so many good things to say about this album. From the thorough cohesion, to the inspiring samples in each track, collaborations with artists like Mika Means and Freddie Gibbs, and furthermore, the commitment to the bass house genre. JOYRYDE has set the bar high with this one.
We really just need you to head to your nearest streaming service and get JOYRYDE on the loudest speaker you own – pronto. A listen through will leave you feeling like a whole new human, and if you didn’t like bass house before… well, you do now.
Listen to BRAVE by JOYRYDE below!
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