Masters of musical improvisation and freestyle, Mike Clay and his band, or Clay and Friends, pioneer a modern blend of hip-hop, soul, and everything in between. Mike’s syllable-blending flow dances between English and French, much the same as their native Montreal. Inspired by urban life and the concept of “less is more”, Clay and Friends’ music is passionately woven together with their unique brand of warmth, soul, and upbeat funk.
In 2017, the band released their first album Conformopolis to great acclaim, garnering hundreds of thousands of streams online, and placements across a wide array of Spotify editorial playlists, most notably New Music Friday Canada. The band now releases of the follow-up, a 6-track EP called La Musica Popular De Verdun.
OMG, on the surface will seem like an upbeat jam filled with their trademark soulful positivity, but scratch that surface and you’ll see the emotive depth beyond it. The lyrical narrative addresses the importance and fragility of life, inspired by both Mike’s unfortunate car crash and the tragic death of Mac Miller; and perfectly encompasses their distinct, multifaceted sound.
Speaking to the motivation behind OMG, Mike shares:
In 48 hours, Mac Miller died and I crashed my car. Before I undid my seatbelt, I sat upside down in the flipped car for a minute. No reception, -15 °C. I wrote the hook in the tow truck. One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone, a tribute to Mac.