“I don’t even know what’s going on in Toronto right now but I know that the music sounds like the city looks…” So goes Zane Lowe’s introduction to the latest track from Toronto producer, vocalist and multi-intrumentalist River Tiber AKA Tommy Paxton-Beesley. The track in question is titled “Illusions” and features Pusha T, Kaytranada and Weeknd collaborator Doc McKinney. As Tommy Paxton-Beesley explained…
The night before the session with Push and Kay in LA, I had food poisoning… and hadn’t slept or eaten. Me and Kay had made this beat a couple days before, Push came through and killed his verse in one take. He’s a master…that session was amazing and inspiring.I did a few sessions with Doc and we rearranged the structure, writing and production – he really challenged me to find the song. We would start in the afternoon and go overnight, I barely saw the sun for a few days. I wrote the chorus in the last session – it felt right. The song isn’t really about this story, but that’s where it comes from. I tried to take a piece of what I observed in LA and turn it into something universal.
Listen to the smooth track and Zane Lowe’s short interview with River Tiber above.
“Illusions” comes out April 8th via Red Bull Sound Select, check out the artwork below. River Tiber’s debut record Indigo is due out this spring you can also catch him live with Kaytranada at dates below.
5/26 Orange County, CA – The Observatory ^
5/27 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine ^