Toronto based R&B songstress, Jayd Ink, is taking it slow with a sensual, meditative drive downtown in her new music video for “Queen St”. Produced by Los Hendrix, who also produced SZA’s single “Good Days”, it has a similar soulful vibe that is personal and introspective, but always with an inviting softness that lures and hooks you in within the first few notes.
“To clear my head, I like to go for a ride, play some music or just drive in silence” Ink notes, “This record is about sitting with yourself and going for that late drive to unwind from the day. Queen Street is a popular street in Toronto, it’s where the majority of people do most of their shopping and hang out. During lockdown, it was deserted, so it was a perfect drive and I’d never seen it so empty. Whilst I was going for these rides, I found myself exploring my city with fresh eyes, connecting with it in new ways and just learning to appreciate the memories that I’d had here, and this particular street struck a chord and really stood out to me like never before.”
The music video captures these personal joyrides perfectly, albeit with some flash and swagger. As we see giant projections of Jayd’s face on the side of buildings in an Angelyne-esque manner, she rides through the night and allows her worries and doubts to blow away in the wind. She is clearly feeling herself here that is therapeutic. The ultimate form of reenergizing self-care for the tired and weary; a moment of solace in a deeply chaotic world.
“Queen St” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Tik Tok, Apple Music, TIDAL, SoundCloud, Deezer, and YouTube. The accompanying music video is also available on YouTube. Find more exciting new music on our Alchemical Multigenre Mixdown playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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