Torii Wolf creates a ‘Flow Riiot’ with DJ Premier on her debut album.
Torii Wolf has emerged onto the music scene as if she was shot out of a cannon.Â Thanks to her sultry voice, range and musicality, Torii has enjoyed a precipitous rise.Â Leading up to her solo-debut, Torii has already premiered music with Pitchfork, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Billboard, Genius, Highsnobiety, Mass Appeal, Vibe & Okayplayer and been tapped for Vevoâ€™s â€œdscvrâ€ series (past alumni include Sam Smith, Alessia Cara, Tove Lo, Hozier & DNCE).
With an iconic producer who has a habit of producing and contributing to classic projects manning the boards, Torii Wolf & DJ Premierâ€™s forthcoming collaborative union bum-rushes the walls of genres, age and expectations to let the world know a Flow Riiot is upon us.
â€œProduced By DJ Premier.â€ From Gang Starr, The Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, Nas, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Mos Def, Common, Mac Miller, Snoop Dogg, Cee-Lo Green, The Game, KRS-One, Ludacris, Joey Bada$$ and his most recent vehicle; PRhyme (with Royce 5â€™9â€); over the course of twenty-five trendsetting years, those four words have become synonymous with the cornerstone of hip-hopâ€™s sound.
However, â€œPreemoâ€ as heâ€™s affectionately known, has always been a conduit for artists of all genres to affix their lyrics to his complex rhythmsâ€”Dâ€™Angelo, Janet Jackson, Miguel, Anderson .Paak, Lion Babe, Macy Gray, Neneh Cherry, Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera (which his work won two Grammyâ€™s for) to name just a few. Throughout it all; Grammyâ€™s, Platinum & Gold plaques, undeniable icon status, Premier has orchestrated a sound that remains a hallmark of positive and advanced music.
Enter Torii Wolf, a singer/songwriter from Wantagh, New York who traded coasts-bouncing around West Coast cities and in doing so enhanced herself artistically; shunning categories, genres, confinement and convention. â€œTorii has such a weird, wicked styleâ€ Premier offers.Â â€œItâ€™s just very left field-reminiscent of Bjork.Â She is just very unique and versatile; she writes, sings, is an accomplished guitarist and drummer.Â But image wise, there are no comparisons.Â Subject matter wise, Torii is in a whole different place.Â Torii is truly one of a kind.â€
The diversity of the subject matter that Premier touched on is a staple ingredient on Flow Riiot.Â The anthemic lead-single â€œFreeâ€ tackles the battle we face every day to be our authentic selves and a reminder that our freedom comes from within and how we hold the key to how â€œFreeâ€ we really are. â€œFreeâ€ features Flow Riiotâ€™s lone-guest, Macklemore, who battles ego, spars bare-knuckle with the devil and trains with God and asserts â€œas long as Iâ€™m me, then you know that Iâ€™m free.â€Â Toriiâ€™s heart pumps cold and warns of impending doom over a virtual digital symphony and scratch chorus from Preem on â€œBig Big Trouble.â€ Conversely, Torii professes her undying love on â€œIâ€™d Wait Forever And A Dayâ€ as Preem recruits his The Badder Band to add lush instrumentation for a sultry big band ballad that Toriiâ€™s voice longingly soars over. The stirring Mike Zombie (of Drakeâ€™s â€œStarted From The Bottomâ€ & OVO fame) produced â€œPain Killerâ€ is the audio equivalent of an opioid, replete with Toriiâ€™s pleas to euthanize her anguish, yet so ultimately stimulating it creates a high you canâ€™t stop craving.
Flow Riiot crescendos with an omnipresent vibe, as Premier creates a diverse palette that exquisitely accentuates Toriiâ€™s vast vocal range, a veritable combination of contemporary and future sounds.Â Torii spins out of control over the whirlwind of horns and drum orchestration on â€œYouâ€™re Not Thereâ€ and â€œWhere We Belong.â€ â€œShadows Crawlâ€ is quintessential Preem, dirty boom-bap with waves of shimmering piano keys which add further restlessness to Toriiâ€™s meditation on insomnia and the battle to unplug.
Torii Wolfâ€™s debut solo-album, Flow Riiot, will be released on September 29, via DJ Premierâ€™s TTT (To The Top) imprint.