What do artists like Eminem, DJ Snake, Bebe Rexha, Faith Evans, Usher and Trey Songz all have in common? Aside from the fact that they are all talented artists, they also have hit songs written by singer-songwriter Corey Latif and producer Aaron Kleinstub (aka Aalias) who both make up the new, alternative R&B duo Lo Boii.
Last night, Lo Boii served high energy at their first NYC performance at Rockwood Music Hall. Aalias provided instrumentals that were a combination of electronic, R&B, pop, alternative, and the distinct Lo-fi music style which the group describes as the inspiration behind their unique name, while Latif provided the intoxicating and raw vocals with his flawless melodies.
They performed their new singles “Sweeter” and “Floor Seats”, both of which are soulful yet upbeat tracks that get better the more you play them. They also gave the audience an early listen to a few songs included on their debut EP that will release at the end of this month.
Though Lo Boii are fairly new to the industry as a group, Latif and Aalias have been in the music industry for over a decade. Aalias produced and wrote songs for some of the biggest names in music, years after studying music production at California’s Berklee College of Music where he met Latif. Eminem and Rihanna’s 2013 hit “The Monster”, DJ Snakes “Middle” featuring Bipolar Sunshine, and Bebe Rexha’s “Gone” are just a few of the songs in his musical catalog.
Latif’s writing credits stretch as far back as 2003 when he lended his hypnotizing vocals to Brooklyn bred rapper Memphis Bleek on his third studio album M.A.D.E. Since then, he has been nominated two Grammy’s and has sung and written songs for some of music’s biggest stars including Snakeships, Usher, Trey Songz and Faith Evans.
Latif and Aalias were recently signed by the UK-based music label AWAL, and are now branching out from their usual routine of working behind the scenes to now working together in the spotlight. d.
R&B is only one of the many genres that are incorporated in to the sonic structure of Lo Boii’s sound. Stylistically, they are very experimental and use diversity to their advantage which easily differentiates them from most musical groups today. They do not create nor claim solely one sound or signature style, and because of this they are able to master and effectively execute whatever they desire to bring to life through their music.
Listen to “Sweeter” and “Floor Seats” below, and expect to hear a lot more from the promising duo in the future.