Nocturnal by Roy Woods on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Building on the momentum of his Waking At Night EP, Toronto-based Drake signee Roy Woods delves deeper into a world of accomplished soul-noir. And even across just seven tracks, you can feel this Guyanese-Canadian’s rapid development. “Chilli Peppers” is a breathlessly seductive slow jam with added Majid Jordan, “Dangerous” consciously evokes the ‘80s sheen of Michael Jackson, and “Magic”—an artfully low-wattage banger—instantly bolsters this new 6 god’s arsenal of anthems.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Building on the momentum of his Waking At Night EP, Toronto-based Drake signee Roy Woods delves deeper into a world of accomplished soul-noir. And even across just seven tracks, you can feel this Guyanese-Canadian’s rapid development. “Chilli Peppers” is a breathlessly seductive slow jam with added Majid Jordan, “Dangerous” consciously evokes the ‘80s sheen of Michael Jackson, and “Magic”—an artfully low-wattage banger—instantly bolsters this new 6 god’s arsenal of anthems.

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About Roy Woods

Like mentor and fellow Toronto native Drake, Roy Wood$ pursues a moody and atmospheric fusion of R&B and rap and frequently comes across as a sullen hedonist, though his approach is less pop-oriented. Within the span of one year, the singer, songwriter, and occasional rapper, born Denzel Spencer in Brampton, Ontario, signed to Drake's Warner-supported OVO Sound, premiered on the boutique label's radio show, and released his debut EP. Issued when Spencer was 20 years old, that six-track set registered at number 27 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart, boosted by the Drake-assisted single "Drama." Waking at Dawn, Wood$' debut full-length, followed in July 2016, synchronized with a U.S. tour beside Drake, Future, and labelmates dvsn. The album debuted at number 30 in Canada and at number 11 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. A follow-up EP, Nocturnal, was out five months later. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • BORN
    Apr 18, 1996

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