One might fit in at the club, another as a morning pump-up song in your earbuds on the way to work or class, another as a bedroom jam, but as a rule they pack complexity without forcing it. The common denominator is Warren’s effortless vocals, which might closest recall Seal. Whether over electro-groove inspired dance music or a sweet ballad, Warren’s smooth voice makes every track a captivating experience.
Joined by bass/synth player Bryan Percivall, drummer Max Tholenaar-Maples and keyboardist Sylvana Joyce, Warren (a lifelong Prince freak) has made Blak Emoji his focus as a musician, tying together his longtime interest in alt-rock (think Nine Inch Nails, Bjork) with a more recently kindled romance with modern and retro dance beats and in between (Phantogram, Little Dragon, Childish Gambino.)
Blak Emoji, which Warren began in late 2015, released its debut EP, INTRO in January 2017. Two singles, “Poison To Medicine” and “Velvet Ropes & Dive Bars” were licensed in the ABC television show Quantico the same year. The upcoming debut album, KUMI, drops September 21, 2018. It’s likely to be music which you haven’t heard in some time, if ever — and that’s precisely how Blak Emoji wants it.
Thursday, August 23 SOB’S with FANTASTIC NEGRITO, NYC
Thursday, September 20 DEBONAIR MUSIC HALL, Teaneck, NJ
Saturday, September 22 ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL (KUMI Release Party) NYC