Busty and the Bass
‘Go So Far’ feat. Illa J and Jon Cooper
Arts & Crafts

Busty and the Bass are an 8-headed hip hop/soul/funk machine from Montréal.  Now, around the Typescript offices, this is a good thing, as well, two-third of the three-headed editing monster of this magazine are expat Montrealers, including me.  So, yes, I am predisposed to liking them, though this is not a theory that holds for all Montréal-based musicians, some do truly suck.  Busty and the Bass got their start at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and they formed out of a jam session at a house party away back in 2011.  They started off playing instrumentals before eventually incorporating vocals into the set.

In 2014, they improbably entered a contest run by the CBC and TD Bank on college campuses nationwide to be named Canada’s Top University Band.  They won, taking home $10,000 and winning an opening slot at the Montréal’s Corona Theatre (one of my favourite venues, and within walking distance of our flat in Pointe-Saint-Charles) for the Arkells.  Their début album, Uncommon Good, dropped in 2017.  Produced by Neal Pogue (Outkast, M.I.A., Nelly Furtado, Earth, Wind & Fire), Uncommon Good was released to near-universal acclaim, and was a constant play around our house.

They’re back now in 2020, and Lord knows we could use some of their good feelings.  ‘Go So Far’ is their second single from their upcoming album, Eddie, which is out 14 August.  The first single came out in June; ‘Out of Love’ featured Macy Gray on vocals.  ‘Go So Far’ sees Jon Cooper and Slum Village’s Illa J guest.  Pogue is back to produce once more.

‘Go So Far’ fits into Busty and the Bass’ feel, laid-back, phat bass, 70s soul/funk wood winds and synths.  Alistair Blu’s vocals recall so much of that classic era of soul, as well as neo-soul favourites like Prince, D’Angelo, and the late Child of Lov.  The music is smooth and easy, Blu singing of failed love.  Illa J and Cooper’s guest verses slide over the phat, funky bass, and beautifully jive with the sound.

I am stoked for Eddie.