The songwriter, DJ and producer of digital music known as Josh One has released his latest single, “Wrong Way,” featuring Shana Halligan of Bitter:Sweet. The track, dropping October 14th, has been published on the Plug Research Records music label, which sports such popular acts as Boom Clap Bachelors, Coultrain, and Mwahaha. Dark, jazzy, and unstoppably stylish, “Wrong Way” by Josh One is an electronica anthem sure to snare fans of every music genre.
Josh One cites as main artistic inspirations the Beatles, A Tribe Called Quest, James Brown, and Portishead. Of these, the last seems to have influenced “Wrong Way” most. However, as a veteran DJ/producer, Josh One has gained a reputation for making records that are derivative of exactly no one. Asked to describe any themes his new single may have in store for listeners, he says the message is, “That music does not have to be genre specific.”
Neither is his artistic aim without a corresponding methodology. Original tracks by Josh One develop through a homegrown system of inventiveness on the part of various talented performers and individual imaginations.
“I write, produce, program and arrange the music,” writes Josh One. “I also collaborate and write with brilliant musicians to obtain a live sound nobody else can create, and my vocalists usually write their own lyrics.”
As a result, “Wrong Way” sounds like the ghost of Billie Holiday hardwired to a circuit board. A classy, cool and haunting ballad, it is as cross-cultural as it is timeless. To describe its timbre as fresh and unique understates the importance of such rogue and unexpected tones in contemporary music.
The need for new sounds is particularly dire in today's electronic music category, which has been increasingly plagued by “press-play” DJs since the explosion of EDM fueled by the dubstep fad. Unlike these doppelganger singles intended to bait a specifically targeted audience, “Wrong Way” can mesmerize fans of Skrillex and Ella Fitzgerald equally well.
Josh One first topped the charts in Europe with his #1 hit, “Contemplation (King Britt Funke Mix)” in 2001. His remixes of tracks like “Po' Folks” by Nappy Roots and “Out of My League” by Fitz and the Tantrums have kept him in the spotlight for more than a decade. His music has been a staple of popular television programs like “CSI New York,” “CSI Miami” and “CSI Vegas,” and also appears in advertisements for Acura and Microsoft. It has been featured on MTV, VH1, ESPN and HBO. Prior to his 2006 Grammy nomination for “Miss Me,” Josh One founded the Boomnote Music label, which has published titles by such artists as Goapele, Blu, Ta’Raach, Uncle Imani (the Pharcyde), Lili De La Mora, Poet Name Life (Black Eyed Peas), Lateef the Truthspeaker (Latyrx), Beat Ventriloquists, Rosey, Julie Walehwa (Contemplation) and Repeater.
Providing clarion, crystalline vocals on “Wrong Way” is Shana Halligan of Los Angeles' Bitter:Sweet. Bitter:Sweet has been listed on iTunes' Top 10, and released one of KCRW radio's “Top 5 Most Requested CDs” in 2006. Their music has appeared on such television programs as “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Grey's Anatomy,” “Moonlight,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Smallville,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Bitter:Sweet have also placed songs in advertisements for “Samantha Who?,” Zune and Victoria's Secret, and have been singled out on MSN's front-page feature, “Ones to Watch.”
Shana Halligan released her first solo EP, “Paper Butterfly,” in 2011, which peaked on the iTunes charts at #3.
“Wrong Way” by Josh One featuring Shana Halligan is available online worldwide beginning 14 October 2014. Get in early.
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