Shamir: Electro-Pop Wunderkind

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Shamir Bailey

It's been a breakout year for the 20-year-old artist Shamir Bailey, who records under his first name. His debut album, Ratchet, has garnered nearly universal acclaim and lots of attention for his lovely countertenor voice, which seems to float above infectious waves of deep house-inspired beats. 

Raised on country and folk music, Shamir dabbled in punk and lo-fi as a teenager, eventually settling — if only for the time being — into his current electronic sound (with a bit of rap thrown into the mix, too). Kurt Andersen's full interview with Shamir is coming up in this week's episode, but you can watch Shamir and his band playing their single "On the Regular" below.