Toronto’s own John Orpheus is turning up the heat this summer with his latest single, “90s Fool.” This track is a funky, nostalgic ride back to the golden era of hip-hop and R&B, setting the stage for his upcoming EP, Get Right!. The EP, which promises a mix of vintage funk and R&B with hints of dancehall and Afrobeats, was recorded in just nine days at Copper Sound in Guelph. The rapid production process, led by musical director Adam Bowman and producer Mike Schlosser, captures the raw energy and spontaneity that Orpheus brings to his live performances.

Orpheus has a knack for creating music that resonates across generations. “90s Fool” is no exception, featuring long-held keyboard notes reminiscent of Dr. Dre and lyrical nods to iconic ’90s moments like the breakup of the Fugees and Janet Jackson’s role in Poetic Justice. The chorus is a catchy homage to the era:

I came up in the ’90s fool Never playing by no rules Yeah we used to play it cool Now we still do what we do

Orpheus describes the track as a celebration of the past, present, and future, all rolled into one. He aims to evoke nostalgia while creating a sound that feels contemporary. The accompanying music video, directed by Agata Waclawska, showcases Orpheus exploring vibrant street art and visual icons from the ’90s, adding a visual feast to the auditory experience.

Fans can look forward to the Get Right! EP Release Party on June 18 at The Rivoli. Known for his dynamic stage presence, Orpheus’ live shows are a burst of energy, often featuring audience participation, chanting, and spontaneous dance-offs. This event is bound to be no different, promising a high-octane night that echoes the lively spirit of a Caribana road party.

Tickets for the EP Release Party are now available and can be purchased here. Don’t miss out on this chance to see John Orpheus bring his unique blend of past and present to the stage.

With his dual career as an author under the name Antonio Michael Downing, Orpheus continues to balance multiple creative personas. His music, much like his writing, aims to transcend time, breaking down the barriers between eras and offering a space where all can enjoy.

For a taste of what’s to come, check out “90s Fool” on YouTube and Spotify, and get ready to groove like it’s 1999.

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