Lou Phelps Announces 8/4 Touché EP, Shares First Single “Here We Go
The Montreal Riser’s Self-Produced New Single Is A Highlight From Touché EP, Arriving via Rostrum Records/Stand Up Guy Records
“Montreal MC Lou Phelps’s “What Time Is It?!” is an irresistible jam — the kind of song that demands a two-step.” – The FADER
“The Canadian rapper is representing where he’s from hard on the new project, which was exclusively produced by his Polaris prize-winning older brother Kaytranada.” – XXL
“A handful of singles then followed under his Lou Phelps moniker before last year’s standout debut, 001: Experiments, which fused the electronic experimentation of the artist glimpsed on Cause I Wanna with deeper influence from Madvillain, Slum Village, Jay Z, and Erik B & Rakim.” – XLR8R
Montreal rapper Lou Phelps staked his name in the city’s underground scene with a rare ability to navigate skittering, off-kilter instrumentals with a nimble flow fit for any occasion. Today, the innovative artist announces his new deal with Rostrum Records, and shares his new single, “Here We Go,” a glitchy groove from his upcoming EP, Touché, coming August 4th. Though he has been proficient behind the boards for years–he was the first person to teach his brother KAYTRANADA to use FL Studio–this invigorating new banger is the first officially-released song that Lou Phelps produced himself.
“I started off trying to make a strip club joint, but it turned into something artsy,” says Lou Phelps. “‘Here We Go’ is the first song I’ve ever created from scratch. I produced it, I arranged it, and I delivered the performance. It’s all me. It feels like I have a baby.”
“Here We Go” offers a perfect introduction to the MTL underground scene in all its ultramodern glory. It’s a slow-burn jam that builds and upsets expectations as Lou glides over the atmospheric, organ-backed rhythm with offhand melodies that undermine the instrumental’s complexity as he delivers his unfazed flexes: “Dollar bills on the floor, I think I just paid her tuition/All up in a n**** ear, b****, I ain’t paying attention.”
“Here We Go” is a highlight from the forthcoming Touché EP. The three-track effort features production from KAYTRANADA, and is the first release under the banner of Stand Up Guy Records, a new imprint founded by KAY, of which Lou is co-President. The follow-up to 2020’s Extra Extra project, and to “Sound Of Money,” Lou’s recent collaboration with Madlib, Touché arrives August 4 via Rostrum Records/Stand Up Guy Records.
Stream “Here We Go”: http://Rostrum.lnk.to/HereWeGo
Watch “Here We Go” visualizer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNhLvLufFsc
- Touché (prod. by KAYTRANADA)
- Greatest (prod. by KAYTRANADA)
- Here We Go (prod. by Lou Phelps)
A fixture in the bustling Montreal underground, Lou Phelps makes music that’s as easy to dance to as it is hard to classify. Lou started making music in 2011 with his older brother Kevin, aka the Polaris Prize-winning producer KAYTRANADA, forming a future-rap group called The Celestics. Using the moniker Louie P, Lou developed a reputation for creating tasteful and danceable electro rap. The artist earned a JUNO Award nomination for his 2017 debut project, 001 Experiments, and in 2018, made waves online with his project 002 / LOVE ME and its highlight track “Come Inside.” Since releasing his EXTRA EXTRA EP in 2020, home to the hit single “Must Be” (4.7+ million Spotify streams) Lou Phelps has been biding his time, waiting for the perfect time to strike with his most creatively fulfilling music yet. Now signed to Rostrum Records, Lou Phelps is ready to let the world know that no one can do it like he can.
“Here We Go”: http://Rostrum.lnk.to/HereWeGo