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Ain’t No Love – Cry In The Rain (Prod. Avenue) [Audio]

Toronto, ONAin’t No Love recently teamed up with Torontonian master-producer, Avenue, to hit us with this fresh new joint titled “Cry In The Rain,” off the forthcoming Plummet EP (which is set for release via Warner Music in March 2015).

Ain’t No Love (aka: the ever-sassy soulful Saidah Conrad, along with MCs Beanz and 1990) are a serious genre-blend experience. This songs veers into serious electro-synth territory, but maintains a raw hip-hop edge, along with a heavy dose of funk. How do you even classify that? The group refers to their sound as “renegade pop.” I feel that 100%.

Ain't No Love - Cry In The Rain (Prod. Avenue) [Audio] -

In keeping with the weather theme of the trio’s previous release (“Summa“), this track uses the change in weather as a catalyst for hard-hitting, emotive, funkified music: “All these tears I’ve cried/ Every time I tried/ For this paradise/ But I’m still gon’ cry in the rain.”

While “Summa” was the ultimate floaty dream joint, this song is much more vulnerable. Think of it as a friendly reminder that we’re all human. No matter what level of fame we reach, or how down on our luck we’ve gotten, we’re all human at the core; we’ll still cry in the rain.

1990 kicks off the first verse with a beautiful nod to Otis Redding: “Yo, I’m sittin’ at the dock of the bay/ On a yacht, There’s no walkin’ today.” Then Beanz comes in on the second verse and wraps the song with heavy final words: “Understand, my joy/ Your pain/ While we cry in the rain.”

So after you listen to this, I want y’all to try and feel some feelings today. It’ll do you good. Have your own “Cry In The Rain” experience, etc, etc.

Twitter: @ThisAintNoLove

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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