Musically, this summer has been a good one to say the least. Many of the industries most beloved characters have been busy, both in and out of the studio, helping to make the dog days a little more bearable and those summer nights a lot more special. But as we begin to prepare for the cold months, and trade out our beach shorts and bikinis for football jerseys and beanies, the party simply continues. Right in time for Fall, up & coming Virginia R&B singer, Ramsey, releases his debut EP A Million Thank You's to ease the transition.
The EP, which includes the singles "Nobody" and "Memories" , is produced almost entirely by Mississauga, Ontario native D. Dilla. Mississauga also happens to be home to one of the fastest growing R&B acts in the world right now, but listeners shouldn't let that automatically delineate this EP for them. Let's face it, even on an international level, it's difficult to escape the the reach of OVO Sound, and D. Dilla - while admittedly influenced by it, has subtly taken elements to combine with Virginia swagger, giving this project a uniqueness all its own. On the contrary, Ramsey's songwriting style is anything but subtle. Its clear the 22 year old is blunt and forward about the emotions expressed in subject matter on the EP, providing an ironically pleasant distinction for listeners.
Ramsey's EP is an introduction, but an introduction to his music for art's sake, not for himself. It's not uncommon to get a backstory when artists present themselves in their debut body of work; channeling the struggles and obstacles they've overcome through their music. However, that's not Ramsey's driving force behind A Million Thank You's, and it comes as a pleasant surprise. The singer/songwriter has seen his share of bad days like anyone - being homeless for some time, while also balancing his duties as a father, but you won't hear any of that on this project. No. With this, Ramsey speaks very honestly about money, sex and unashamedly love, creating a short and yet compelling concept about young lovers in the internet era. Some call Fall "Cuffing Season" due to couples getting back together in the aftermath of the hedonistic summer months to "keep each other warm". Well, Cuffing season is certainly upon us and this is to help ease the transition.