Marcus James and Danni Carra return to the release radar with their first sonic offering of the year, ‘Make Me Sad’. The highly-anticipated track follows up James’ 4-track ‘Warning Sign’ EP from last year, in addition to Carra and Late June’s ‘Already Know’ from earlier last month. It also serves as the first lead single off of James’ forthcoming EP. Out now via Physical Presents, ‘Make Me Sad’ is available to listen to across all streaming platforms.
The energetic track begins with a quick, muffled recording of a call, detailing the troubles and worries one is experiencing. Carra’s vocal enters the space, taking front-and-center by commanding the listener’s attention with each passing second. The captivating lyricism and future bass flair serve as prime accompaniments to one another, in turn producing a feelgood electronic dance music gem that effortlessly taps into one’s emotions with an astute ease. The tune’s larger-than-life drops, rolling basslines, propulsive ambiance, touching message, and rapturously delightful production sensibilities characterize the majority of the sprightly release, a perfect addition to the Physical Presents imprint.
“I had this demo sitting on my computer called ‘makemesad’ that I wrote one afternoon a few years back when someone was making me sad… big surprise. I sent it to Danni and she perfectly captured the mood of the instrumental with her lyrics, and our working title stuck. Working with her came super naturally, we’re definitely two birds of a feather. Plainly said, this is a song about having feelings for someone who isn’t making you feel too good. We’ve all had to kiss a few frogs before we find a prince or princess.” – Marcus James
ABOUT MARCUS JAMES — Marcus James is an electronic artist from Vancouver. His bridging of pop-punk and dance music with his own signature is unparalleled. His style, properly dubbed “emo house,” is an eclectic fusion that blends radio-friendly sensibilities with powerful production. Since 2018, he has accumulated nearly twelve million streams and built a strong grassroot fanbase that reveres his unique hybrid style.
Upon signing with Physical Presents, James joined the likes of Felix Cartal, Prince Paris, Bobby Love, and more. Since taking that giant career step, Marcus has released highly successful records including his Warning Sign EP (over 5 million on Spotify) that features the hit ‘Night Light’ and official remixes for esteemed vocalist Dylan Matthew, as well as Warped Tour bands like Anarbor and Courage My Love. His impressive catalog has seen extensive support from official playlists on both Apple Music and Spotify including mint canada.
Marcus often tackles stigmatized subject matter, bringing to light the depths of loneliness, anxiety and depression and how we try to cope with such heavy matters. His artistic dialogue with mental health encourages listeners to be vulnerable and to never shy away from having discourse about these sensitive themes.
“For me, this song came together really quickly. I wrote the initial melodies over a demo Marcus sent me that was titled ‘makemesad’ and I knew right away that I wanted to keep that feeling and song name as my basis for inspiration. Around the time he sent me the demo, I felt like I was in emotional limbo with someone I had feelings for. There was a lot of uncertainty about what we were, what we were doing and where we would go even though we clearly knew how we both felt for one another. So, even though parts of the limbo ‘make me sad’, the uncertainty felt worth more than any ‘wrongs’ that felt right.” – Danni Carra
ABOUT DANNI CARRA — Danni Carra is a burgeoning singer/songwriter hailing from New York City, who made her debut with 2019’s collaborative hit ‘Hold On’ alongside Gill Chang and Maazel. Over time, she’s worked with the likes of MitiS, SLANDER, and yetep, in addition to releasing tracks on venerated imprints such as Heaven Sent, Ophelia, and TH3RD BRAIN. Currently boasting over 326k monthly listeners via Spotify, Danni Carra has had tunes featured via the some of the platform’s biggest playlists like mint, EDM, Sad Beats, and Ultra Gaming.