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Published on November 19th, 2020 | by Hype S


R&B Virtuoso Floyd Fuji Delivers Sublime Live Performance Of “FIGURE 8” 

Soulful crooner Floyd Fuji drops off a stunning rendition of “FIGURE 8” from his latest EP, ‘BLACK PONTIAC’, in the form of a live performance video.

The artist is joined only by a secondary guitarist and co-producer, Elliott Marchent, in the visual as he lets his soul escape through his heartfelt vocals. Set in a well-loved vintage garage space, his profound messaging is not lost in smoke and mirrors. Just a man and his music, the piece feels as warm and welcoming as a hug from grandma. 

Influenced by old classics like Smokey Robinson and the Commodores, Floyd’s latest EP ‘BLACK PONTIAC’ dances between vintage and modern while maintaining its deeply unique and personal storytelling. 

Although it’s been a rough year for most, Floyd Fuji has taken this time to reflect and reminisce. He often found himself moved by a certain tale of his young childhood where he scratched his name into the side of his grandmother’s classic Black Pontiac Firebird. While scolded by his mother, his grandmother celebrated him and championed him as a young artist. “My parents were heated but she wasn’t,” he explains. “She just encouraged me to continue to push on. This is for her. I love you.”

Floyd also teamed up with the Downtown Women’s Center, which is the only organization in Los Angeles focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women, in alignment with the EP release. Donations raised for the charity will be donated back to the Center. You can donate here

Floyd Fuji’s music produces a healthy amount of nostalgia; a defining factor of all soul/R&B music. However, it goes without saying that Floyd’s knack to creatively develop vignettes through his sultry vocal delivery, pop-art like production, and timeless storytelling, develop a photo that’s far from fading. After two albums and the success of his previous artist project, Kyle Thornton and The Company, (Kyle being Fuji’s born name) the Virginia-native began producing; cultivating his influence of soul, hip hop, indie and psych rock into the soaring guitar riffs, snaking synth lines, and breakbeat soul grooves we hear to date while performing to packed crowds at Osheaga and Lollapalooza Music Festival. 

The release of Floyd’s introductory single, “Drama”, danced its way to the top of Spotify’s Fresh Finds in early 2018. Following the release of “Drama”, Fuji has dropped several other tracks, most notably “Mint” which has clocked in over one million streams on Apple Music alone as well as lending his vibes to a handful of features and production credits in the last year.

Still early in its release, ‘BLACK PONTIAC’ has already already seen support in Apple’s ALT-R&B playlist, Spotify’s Ready For The Day playlist and radio spins on 88.5 FM and Breaking Sounds Radio. 


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