Portland-bred singer and Warner Bros. signee TYuS has finally dropped off his latest project, the relatively brief Phases EP. Packaged in five tracks total, Phases arrives with most of the production being handled by West Coast super producer Hit-Boy and TYuS himself.
"He brought the sprinkles on top with a nice cherry," Tyus noted of Hit-Boy’s value to the outing. "I usually recorded the majority of my work alone, but Hit-Boy added another level of creativity. He's a young legend out here and a finisher. Years ago, when I was still recording in the garage, I remember punching up his tutorials on YouTube. He really played a big part in my musical life. It's a surreal moment to bring everything full circle."
Since his 2015 arrival via the trusty SoundCloud platform, TYuS has been among those artists who have found success in adding to an ever-evolving sound in the realm of R&B, racking up some 15 million streams on the streaming service—a feat that translated into other quantifiable accomplishments as his debut Never Forget EP of last year roped in 8 million streams on Spotify alone.
True to TYuS’ form, Phases is a lush blend of poetic lyricism that isn’t overbearing—a signature and much-appreciated characteristic of the crooner’s catalog that finds itself at the forefront of today’s musical landscape. Now based in Los Angeles, the multi-hyphenate is ushering in the newest chapter of his career with the aptly-titled EP as he continues to maintain the wave that’s kept him afloat.
"My life in particular is always going through phases," he remarks. "Ever since I could remember, I was always moving from one phase to the next. That really influences the music. This is currently a growing phase for me. It's time to go all in. So, that's what I did on this EP."