Dance Without Me

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The simple power of DRAMA’s musical expression is matched only by their work ethic. Since 2014, the Chicago-based duo have bootstrapped a subtle rise on their own terms, self-releasing several EPs and mapping multiple tours with Midwestern grit. A multicultural collaboration between producer Na’el Shehade and vocalist Via Rosa, the project plays to the complementary dynamics of their pairing, blurring the lines between R&B and dance-pop, heartbreak and bliss. Following their signing to Ghostly International in 2019, they realize their years-in-the-making full-length debut, aptly titled Dance Without Me , a refined collection that recasts romantic tragedy as moonlit self-acceptance.
As a lyricist, Rosa takes her blues and makes them vibrant — rather than wallow alone, she says. “This album is dedicated to the people watching their friend’s love-lives grow and happen around them, and not having anyone.” Her soulful delivery, inspired by the improvisational nature of jazz and playful patterns of hip-hop and Bossa nova, interlocks with Shehade’s chic Chicago house-infused production style. His M.O: “I want you to feel the drums in the middle of your chest, down your spine, I want you to feel that hit.” The effect is confirmed in the live environment, where the two have tested new material to increasingly larger crowds.


1. 7:04 AM
2. Years
3. Forever And A Day
4. Hold On
5. Gimme Gimme
6. Good For Nothing
7. People Like You
8. Days and Days
9. Lifetime
10. Nine One One
11. Dance Without Me