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FANTASTIC NEGRITO’S “LOST IN A CROWD” PREMIERES ON CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

Thomas Bellflower June 18, 2015
DELUXE EP OUT JULY 24 ON BLACKBALL UNIVERSE
CONFIRMS U.S. TOUR DATES INCLUDING PERFORMANCES AT SUMMERSTAGE AND OUTSIDE LANDS
 “Fantastic Negrito’s music is devoid of glamor; over stomping drums and bluesy riffs, Dphrepaulezz howls deadpan lyrics about believing in yourself and fighting your demons.”—KQED
 
Fantastic Negrito’s official studio version of “ Lost in a Crowd”—the track for which his performance earned him the title of NPR Music’s first-ever “ Tiny Desk Concert Contest” winner—premieres today on Consequence of Sound. Listen HERE or via Soundcloud HERE. “[Fantastic Negrito] sings like a man compelled by a spiritual force,” says Consequence of Sound. “The final studio version packs even more venom than the Tiny Desk performance, with the guitar a resounding force and the drums pounding with crushing weight.”
The song appears as a bonus track with “She Don’t Cry No More” on the blues singer’s Deluxe EP, out July 24 on Blackball Universe and available for pre-order via iTunes HERE. To celebrate the release, Fantastic Negrito is heading out on a summer tour including festival performances at SummerStage on July 25 and Outside Lands on August 8. Check out the live performance session with Utopiafest at this year’s SXSW Festival HERE. Please see below for full tour dates. Tickets for select shows are available now.
Fantastic Negrito is a musical reincarnation for Xavier Dphrepaulezz (pronounced Dee-FREP-ah-lez). Raised as the eighth of fifteen children in an orthodox Muslim household in rural Massachusetts, Dphrepaulezz moved as a teenager in the ‘80s with his family to the heart of urban Oakland, California. He quickly evolved from strict religion to the music of Funkadelic and by the age of 20, he taught himself to play just about every instrument he came across. In the ‘90s, he signed a multi-million dollar deal with Interscope Records performing under his first name Xavier yet found the experience creatively draining and told the San Francisco Chronicle that he “lost his identity for a time.”
Dphrepaulezz’s life changed drastically when he was involved in a near death car accident resulting in a three-week coma, followed by intensive physical rehabilitation with his guitar playing hand permanently incapacitated. Following the accident, he sought to live his life more simply. He settled down, had a son and lived in Oakland raising chickens and growing his own vegetables. This quieter time spawned a powerful creative energy, and after a five-year hiatus, Dphrepaulezz created Fantastic Negrito. Inspired by all American music, most especially Delta bluesmen such as R.L Burnside and Skip James, he sought to modernize his compositions by sampling and looping his own live recordings. He told NPR that the name is “a celebration of blackness. The ‘Fantastic’ is self-explanatory; the ‘Negrito’ is a way to open blackness up to everyone, making it playful and international.”
FANTASTIC NEGRITO TOUR DATES
 
June 25                                                   North Adams, MA                          DownStreet Art Festival
July 23                                                     Washington, DC                                   Rock & Roll Hotel
July 25                                                       New York, NY                       SummerStage, Central Park
July 27                                                         Allston, MA                                    Brighton Music Hall
July 29                                                       Louisville, KY               WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays
July 31                                                     Chattanooga, TN      Nightfall Concert Series, Miller Plaza
August 1                                                     Nashville, TN                                           The High Watt
August 6                                                 San Francisco, CA                                             The Chapel
August 8                                                 San Francisco, CA                                        Outside Lands

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