Today Oakland’s Ricky Lake is sharing his new single titled “Timba.” Stream the single HERE. “Timba” is the third single from his upcoming album Altered. Ricky offers some background on the song:
“Timba” is an entirely new sound for me, just like ‘The Answer’ and ‘Rift’. But ‘Timba’ comes from a different place, with my love for club music and my love for sad music combining. But nonetheless its unique qualities help it slide effortlessly into my upcoming album, ‘Altered’. One of my homies Jordan told me she thinks of the song as ‘Island Goth’ music, which I absolutely loved. When we made the song, the moment I knew it was a real one was after Taifa sang his hook. His lyrics and tone were full of yearning and sadness – but still calm and light. The song is about red flags, being in love with someone, or even just wanting someone, and dealing with that battle between your intuition and your lust or passion.”
Ricky Lake left his home of Los Angeles at the age of fifteen, moving with his family to Nashville. The son of two doctors, steeped in the usual high school trappings of weed smoke, weird books and hip hop, Ricky (real name Marcus McAlpin) got a wake up call. The pseudo-progressive Southern Nashville landscape showed him the real United States: a land full of contradiction and paradox. For a few years he made it work, and for the first time, he made music. But it wasn’t until he found himself fitting into the artsy enclaves of Oakland, CA that he took on the title that he holds today – the dark but delicate trap craftsman we all know as Ricky Lake.
Collaborating extensively with musicians and artists such as Taifa Nia (OCD, Same Girls) and his found family at San Francisco’s Text Me Records, Ricky dug deep into teenage influences like NERD, Blink 182, Crystal Castles and more; gleaning and selecting his favorite elements of modern pop and Soundcloud rap to develop a sound that’s big and glowing. He’s hedonistic, stylish and sensitive. He doesn’t give a fuck, but he really does. Maybe you’ll find him in a club with gold teeth and a bottle of Patron, a bit misty-eyed because of the last girl who broke his heart. It’s all part and parcel to the young artist who embraces the lavishes of our culture but doesn’t shy away from his sensitive side.
(Text Me Records)
Street Date: June 10, 2022