TUNE Cola Boyy - Penny Girl
Artist: Cola Boyy
Title: Penny Girl
Label: Record Makers
Impact Date: 28th September 2018
Like fellow Oxnard, California natives Madlib and Anderson .Paak, Cola Boyy comes from a mixed black and white musical heritage. His music spans diverse influences: think of the Ghetto Brothers’ peace-seeking fusion of rock, soul and Latino music mixed with the stylish energy of Studio 54 and the timeless harmonies and wry poetry of Paul McCartney.
Now Cola Boyy (real name Matthew Urango) has dropped his brand new track ‘Penny Girl’ which filters Chic’s disco and Patrice Rushen’s grooves through the personality-filled leftfield experimentation of Mac DeMarco. It’s a powerhouse of a track in which Cola Boyy’s distinctive vocal – expressive, soulful and quite unlike anybody else – relates a narrative about a crime-of-passion.
The accompanying video was shot on film and directed by the renowned photographer David Luraschi, Jacquemeus original collaborator, who It’s Nice That described as being “Famed for lensing his subjects from behind using the humblest of tools — his iPhone.” It sees Cola Boyy taking us on a whistle-stop tour of Oxnard’s sights and biggest personalities.
‘Penny Girl’ will feature on Cola Boyy’s debut five-track EP ‘Black Boogie Neon’ which will be released on September 21st by Record Makers - also home to Sébastien Tellier, Kavinsky and Dita Von Teese. A fun and funky forerunner to his debut album which will be released in 2019, the EP will be available on digital and vinyl formats and can be pre-ordered from lnk.to/ColaBoyy_BBN.
Cola Boyy’s background is a real mix of cultures, dating back to colonial America with a Scottish and Portuguese heritage courtesy of his mother, and Chumash, African-American and Mexican though his father. He embodies both core American identity and a rejection of America’s founding individualism in which everyone’s feelings are focused solely on themselves.
His impulse to unite people and spread positivity extends far beyond the dancefloor. He’s an active member of the Todo Poder Al Pueblo, collective, a small far-left group that fights for immigrants’ rights in a city that is 80% Hispanic, and speaks out against the police brutality they are subjected to. He’s also a member of APOC (Anarchist People Of Color), which organises all-ages punk concerts, fundraisers, and toy donations for underprivileged children, and discretely preaches political activism on stage.
Cola Boyy’s passion for equality is perhaps inspired by his spina bifida. When he was two-years-old, his parents had to make the decision for him to either be bound to a wheelchair or undergo amputation. More combative than resigned, they chose the second option. He believes that people with similar difficulties should be free to move at their own pace. Or, in his words, “I don’t give a fuck about other people’s speeds.”
Cola Boyy recently played his debut London show at Somerset House as guest to MGMT.