Gold Coast singer/lyricist/rapper LEMAIRE is getting ready to release his debut EP, What Did You Expect?, and it's set to feature What?!, a collaboration with Byron Bay rapper L33ze. If you're a fan of silky flows and bouncy production that takes cues from the legendary James Brown's music, then you'll enjoy this one.
The EP is set to feature nods to the likes of Notorious B.I.G, Kendrick Lamar and Anderson .Paak, and will give both old and new fans more of an insight into Lemaire's ability to take his bedroom studio creations and transform them into larger-than-life anthems, just like What?!. It's an upbeat, funky track that sees both rappers riding the high of each other's bars, and we're excited to be premiering the track right now!
What?! highlights the fact that while people are happy to bask in your success, they're not always going to be there for the come-up. Serving as the opener for What Did You Expect?, LEMAIRE knows all too well that people won't always understand the dream. Sometimes, you just have to show them what you've been working on when you're finished bringing it to life.
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To help get you ready for the release of What Did You Expect? LEMAIRE gave us some exclusive insight into the upcoming EP, which you can check out below! The EP is set to drop on Friday, May 6th, and will feature a verse from a Cool Accidents favourite, BOY SODA, on Be Myself. You won't want to miss this release.
I have been releasing consistent singles for a while and although I love the freedom of dropping whatever I want, whenever I want, I feel like it’s time to release a project that captures who I am musically at this moment. Something for my listeners to sink their teeth into.
I’ve always noticed that whenever I rediscover albums from my past, I’m flooded with memories and feelings that I had had when listening to it originally. A project like an EP or album can act as a time capsule for a certain era, and I think that’s incredible. I’d love to think that in 10 years or so, my listeners can rediscover What Did You Expect? and be rushed with memories of 2022 (hopefully just the good ones).
I decided I wanted to make a project after writing Cola. I had already written Be Myself and Ford Laser and the three songs together actually felt similar in style - which was rare for me. My songs usually ping-pong back and forth from genre to genre depending on what I’m listening to, and how I’m feeling, so writing a full 5 track project that made sense sonically from start to finish was a bit of a challenge for me.
I had some production help from my mate Paces, who levelled up the songs in a way I couldn’t have imagined. He has so many little tips, tricks and cheat codes for adding effects, space and excitement in an arrangement, and I remember feeling so lucky to be working with him. Another big shout out to my good friend Dave Atkins of HydroFunk Records who played all the live drums, as well as mixed and mastered pretty much every track on the EP. He has been a bit of a mentor for me and my music, having recorded the first few songs I ever wrote when I was like 15-16.
As for the motivation behind the title, What Did You Expect? - Back in high school, I spent nearly every weekend, lunch break, and afternoon playing music and writing songs. I missed out on countless teenage parties and social events with friends because of gigs and studio sessions. I even missed my graduation party because my band had a gig down the coast. I knew what I loved doing and wanted to be the best I could be at it. So now, at 24, when I bump into people from school and they ask, “Still doing music?”, I always want to respond the same way - what the fuck did you expect? Did you think it was just a phase?!
This EP is dedicated to anyone with a dream. To photographers who stay up to the early hours of the morning editing photos when they have school or their day jobs early the next morning, to musicians who drive thousands of dollars' worth of equipment in a shitbox car to a gig that barely pays for petrol, to artists who spend every waking hour searching for inspiration of their next piece, to videographers, to editors, to writers, singers, rappers, producers, engineers, fashion designers, makeup artists and pretty much anyone who has a passion, and the bravery to pursue it.