Praise for Joey LaBeija:
“LaBeija might be spilling his guts out, but he’s doing so over battle-hardened beats” – Resident Advisor
“Joey LaBeija is a true New Yorker: tough, rebellious, and a sweetheart all wrapped in one” – The FADER
“a defiantly unpindownable sound’ – Interview Magazine
Bronx native DJ, producer and songwriter Joey LaBeija today announces his forthcoming enemies of progress EP along with lead single and music video “unavailable”.
1. move on
2. enemy of progress
4. cuffin szn
Making his name as a DJ and producer in the NYC underground nightlife scene — a low-key yet highly regarded machinist of genre-spanning club edits and twisted, danceable, experimental original sounds (and in the process, hence his namesake, being recruited into vogue family House of LaBeija; the oldest and most revered house in New York’s ballroom scene. Most recently he was tapped by Frank Ocean to play his latest PrEP+ party alongside Arca and Vegyn) — it wasn’t until his 2019 full-length TEARS IN MY HENNESSY that LaBeija, channeling the complexities of a recent breakup, personally laid down vocals to his own music.
On enemies of progress, the Bronx-born, Puerto Rican-American, quintessentially New York multidisciplinary waxes brutally honest of a post-breakup world, drawing carefully from his diverse pallet of sonic influences of his punk rock roots, emotive electropop greats such as Robyn and Roísín Murphy, an R&B upbringing and affinity for global rhythms through an experimental electronic/pop lens.
“move on” and “onethatiwant” dive deep into the pains and pleasures that come along with modern, fleeting love and lust. “enemy of progress” shifts the blame on personal shortcomings, “unavailable” acknowledges personal fault and poor judgement, whereas LaBeija is upfront and uncensored with his “cuffin szn” fling about his intentions to thot it up and pop his pussy in the club once the weather warms up.