Baker Boy today releases his new single ‘Ride’ – a track to help you forget your worries — even if just for a night. ‘Ride’ premiered this morning on triple j’s Breakfast with Bryce and Ebony.
The official video premiere for ‘Ride’ and a live Q&A with Baker Boy will kick off tonight at 7pm (AEDT) on Baker Boy’s YouTube channel from here.
Baker Boy’s small but beloved oeuvre thus far has always been about making listeners feel good, feel free and feel in tune with the rhythms of the world around us. But that’s never been so explicit as on his new single , a new collaboration with his cousin Yirrmal that demonstrates just how distinctive and evocative Baker Boy’s music has become since he debuted with the instant-classic ‘Cloud 9’ in 2017. Described by Baker Boy as “a new and improved version” of his 2017 Yirrmal collab ‘Marryuna’ (#17 in that year’s Hottest 100), ‘Ride’ is the beginning of a new chapter for the Arnhem Land’s fresh new prince, a marker of ascendance from rising star to supernova status.
Funky, soulful, and jaw-droppingly catchy, ‘Ride’ is a party track lost to the annals of time, like an Off The Wall single re-recorded in Yolngu Matha. It’s the brightest-burning party-starter in a catalogue made entirely of them.
Baker Boy says of ‘Ride’, “I wanted to make a song that could bring people together on the dance floor, no matter who they are or where they come from,” “I’m driven by the vision that I have of people coming together, visions of positivity and fun and telling stories that people can relate to. That’s the main message — just bringing people together, no matter what your background, or how you dance, let’s just get together and celebrate and I think that’s powerful. We need more of that.”
Written in a session with Yirrmal and longtime collaborator Dallas Woods and produced by Pip Norman, ‘Ride’’s ease and carefree groove reflects the tight-knit relationships of its collaborators. Yirrmal, who came up with the powerful and catchy chorus, says, “I’m glad I got to collaborate with Baker Boy again and put that good Yolngu soul into ‘Ride’. This song’s about friends having fun, having good times every weekend. I wrote ‘Ride’’s chorus about my mob back here and when they want to go out. We see negative stuff around here, a lot of fighting, but with ‘Ride’ it’s like come on, don’t be shy, come to the town and let’s dance. Let’s be part of the team, think about the positive things and not the negative things.”
‘Ride’ arrives alongside a typically exuberant music video, directed by Ryan Sauer who “after hearing the song for the first time and how fun and energetic it is, my vision was to utilise that vibe when creating the imagery in the music video.”
Featuring Baker Boy cruising down some of Melbourne’s most iconic streets and letting loose in a packed nightclub, “The video brings the same excitement that the track does, it’s all about the journey to the club and bringing people together.It was incredible collaborating with Aurie Indianna on the creative direction again, with Ryan, Harry and the crew really bringing the vision to life!,” says Baker Boy of the clip.
‘Ride’ is set to become the latest triumph for Baker Boy in a career full of them. Nominated for the 2021 APRA AMCOS Song of The Year for ‘Meditjin feat. JessB’, the song was performed live over the weekend for Sounds Australia’s SXSW CLOSE UP showcase and most recently won Baker Boy (aka Danzal Baker) 2nd place in the prestigious Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition. His list of accolades continue with six career ARIA nominations; an ARIA Gold certification for ‘Cool As Hell’; six wins at the National Indigenous Music Awards; an Order of Australia medal; the 2019 Young Australian of the Year award; multiple placements in Triple J’s Hottest 100 and over 37.4 million streams of his music world-wide.
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