oh I'm in love with this sound Chez <3 you're already on my list of indie artists I have to see live someday! I pre-ordered the vinyl, and can't wait for it's arrival, already loving the title track(that fuckin solo mm)! Love from Colorado 💚
Favorite track: Adore You.
Chez Ali is the brainchild of Stockholm musician and Steve Buscemi's Dreamy Eyes member Elias Mahfoud. Elias initially started working on Chez Ali when living in London 2014-15 making sounds that channelled the British capital's soulful and jazzy indie sound, as mastered by King Krule, Cosmo Pyke and more, in his very own way. After working with the project on-and-off since and performing it live for the first time just last year Elias finally shared Chez Ali with the world earlier this year, putting out the smooth and irresistible Blue Cheese. On October 16th, new single Adore You was released via Rama Lama Records, followed by a debut EP in November.
Adore You is about "looking back on the initial meeting with that special someone, to the point that you’re almost obsessed and the thought of your next meeting brings excitement and energy to your life" and shows Chez Ali in his most dance-friendly mood. As always with Chez Ali, both lyrics and music have a personal touch that makes Elias’ music special.
Chez Ali has been hailed by both national and international tastemakers such as Pigeons & Planes, CLASH, Highsnobiety, Spotify’s Fresh Finds and more, with praise such as ”your new favorite artist”, ”a potent, highly individual voice” and ”if Mac DeMarco was attractive in a non-gross way”. Considering that this is all with just one single to date, the expectations on what's to follow are accurately high. Adore You is yet another slice from Elias' wide spectrum of soulful indie pop gems, equally influenced by indie greats such as Pavement or King Krule and soulful R&B icons as D'Angelo.
The sound of Chez Ali's debut offering, the Buenas Noches Club EP, has been crafted together with pop producer Luki, a quite unexpected collaboration that makes Chez Ali's music stand out: "He helped me produce “Blue Cheese” and also helped write some songs on the EP while also serving as a producer. What I like about our relationship is that we come from two different scenes. I’m deeply involved in the indie scene in Sweden, whilst Luki’s background as a producer/songwriter is rooted in pop. It’s a clash of cultures, but somehow we make it work and I’m glad we met", Elias Mahfoud says and the impact of this melting pot is hard not to hear on the bubbly debut EP.
Chez Ali's debut EP Buenas Noches Club is released via Stockholm label Rama Lama Records on November 9th, available on all digital platforms and limited pink vinyl. Adore You is out October 16th on all digital platforms. All of this is just the start off the already characteristic offerings Chez Ali’s showed off during his live performances, including UK dates and a support slot for hyped Dream Wife.
released November 9, 2018
Written and composed by Chez Ali
Produced by Luki
Electric guitar & synthesizer by Chez Ali
Electric guitar by Leo Hansson Nilson
Drums by Anton Haeffler
Additional synths & programming by Luki
Bass by David Jehrlander
Mastered by Mats Valentin
Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, 2018
Cover by Wojciech Jurzyk
Released via Rama Lama Records