Calvin Valentine has dropped a new single from his forthcoming album Eugene.
“Your Drugs” bumps with bubbly synths and booming electronic percussion, as Valentine spits an arsenal of bars dedicated to a girl he’s pursuing.
Valentine has done a bunch of work with a number of artists: Planet Asia; De La Soul (he produced their track “God It” which features Nas); Bun B; Devin the Dude; Juicy J; and Illa J (J Dilla‘s younger brother).
Now, he’s prepping for the release of his own project. Eugene, which takes its name from the artist’s hometown Eugene, Oregon, is a love story to the city where he built a reputation for himself (although today he resides in Los Angeles). The forthcoming release was made entirely by him, with a few contributions from singer Danielle Henderson and his brother, Celly.
“Moving out to LA, you can feel homesick every now and again,” Valentine said in a statement. “It makes you wonder if you made the right decision. It was better for my career, but you start to miss that structure of family and friends that you have at home.”
“This is how I express my creativity,” Valentine added. “I don’t want to be boxed into any one category. I know that’s what everyone needs to do to feel comfortable, but I can make reggae music, indie rock, whatever…Eugene is a document of what I was feeling at the time.”
Eugene will be available on October 28 through the EYRST label. Listen to “Your Drugs” below and pre-order the joint here.