Skin Town, Locksmith
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
In the quickly rising new-school class of 'alt-R&B', Jarell Perry is paving his own lane. His critically-acclaimed debut LP "Simple Things," which mixes flavors of Electronic, Indie-Rock, and Pop, has already drawn comparisons to cross-over heavyweights like Miguel and Frank Ocean. But as URB Magazine puts it, "what sets him apart from this new breed of talents is a much fuller and developed vocal quality…sublime perfection..."
Lyrically, Perry's "Simple Things" covers everything from love-gone-wrong to awkward moments, and the hum-drum of 9-to-5 day jobs. "There's a song for every situation, you can take it as the soundtrack to your life at any moment," says the LA-based singer-songwriter.
Prior to releasing the LP, the MTV Buzzworthy artist's writing credits included Fat Joe's comeback single featuring Chris Brown, "Another Round." After growing a strong worldwide fanbase from YouTube and his alma mater UCLA, Jarell went on to meet and work with the likes of R&B superstar Usher, rapper Childish Gambino, and international producers Diplo and Rusko. With "Simple Things," he's looking to create a legacy even larger than his esteemed collaborators. And based on the feedback (R&B veteran critic Mark Edward Nero raves, "the future of R&B has arrived"), Jarell Perry is more than well on his way.
Skin Town is comprised of Zola Jesus collaborator Nick Turco and vocalist Grace Hall. The duo’s synth-heavy compositions fit nicely with contemporary R&B, with seductive lyrics and melodies reminiscent of 90s hitters like Ginuwine; fans of The Weeknd and The-Dream will find plenty to like.
Their debut album, The Room, is due out on October 28 via Time No Place. The cover art and tracklisting are below, along with a handful of album’s songs. If smokey jams ‘Slidin’ and ‘Ride’ and the scintillating ‘Ice Crystal Palace’ are anything to go by, The Room could be the autumn/winter soundtrack — for the bedroom.
Locksmith always had grand expectations. These days the Richmond, California, lyricist strives to leave an indelible mark on the rap game, but when he was younger, all he wanted to do was hang out by the big electrical green box outside of his home.
"This is probably my most personal work," he told Mixtape Daily of the project, which features all original production. "It's a glimpse of who Locksmith is as a person, as a young man growing up and my journey to becoming who I am now."
On "Stand It," Lock bears his soul over a mellow 9th Wonder-produced groove. The Persian MC raps of his hardships growing up, while trying to discover who he really is. "Fighting with my childhood, other n---as would pester him/ I swear to God I even thought I was Mexican," he raps open and honestly.
As Lock got a little older, he'd look up to the neighborhood hustlers, who would set up shop by the green box. It's a recurring theme on the tape. "When I listened to the songs I was like, 'Yo this album is kinda describing where I came from and my progression and who I am now. What's the best way to symbolize that? Going back to my neighborhood, Crescent Park, Richmond, California and taking that symbol which is the green box," he said.