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By: Adaobi Iwenofu
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Good music never goes out of style. It emanates from an intangible, authentic space and reverberates with a very special frequency beyond the boundaries of time.

Those who know it, feel it. Toronto native Veronica Domingues is mastering the art of crafting timeless music with a unique twist on mid 90s hip-hop soul on her sparkling debut EP Just Chill. The bubbly 24-year-old singer-songwriter effortlessly infuses head nodding beats and jazzy melodies with a vibrant vocal style – resulting in what will be a stunning release. Reared in a Portuguese household where traditional music styles from her parents’ home country permeated the air, Veronica sought balance early on by listening to influences as varied as Shania Twain and Whitney Houston.

“The typical music that played in my household growing up was Fado and Pimba styles from Portugal. I grew to love Portuguese artists like Amalia Rodrigues, Rita Guerra, Santa Maria, Mariza, Ágata and Quim Barreiros as well as Brazilian artists Carrapicho, Gera Samba, Daniela Mercury, Ivete Sangalo and Kaoma. I always enjoyed the sex appeal and sensual language they infused into their music. I tried to incorporate some of that into my song "Eu Quero" which was somewhat of a tribute to these Latin genres."

Just Chill is a mellow 8-track journey through a period of intense reflection. The EP is embroidered with crisp break beats and robust live instrumentation.  The first single, “I Get High" is a tune about the natural high Veronica has always derived from music. “Love” is a pulsing piano driven ode to her undying dedication to music wrapped in a romantic metaphor. “A lot of people might think it’s a love song about a guy. But it’s actually about the love I have for music. It’s also me talking to a guy saying that if you want to be with me, you have to appreciate music and know that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.” “Eu Quero” was crafted partly in homage to her parents’ native language, sung in Portuguese with Brazilian and soul influences. Flaunting a funky jazz-fusion sample, “Keep On" is a feel good jam with a syncopated bounce and pristine trumpet solo. The deeply personal “Catch Me When I Fall” details a critical moment in Veronica’s life where indecision and inertia reigned.

Toronto-based filmmaker Customatic was drafted to create captivating videos for “I Get High,” “Love,” and “Eu Quero.”  Music producers with credits on artists such as c began to express interest in working with the young songbird. But Veronica remains focused on creating timeless music and crafting a unique sound her own way. 


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