37d03d, recently signed the Baltimore-born/Los Angeles-based artist Naeem (full name Naeem Juwan). The singer/songwriter recently received his version of the Silver Apples song, “You and I”. Restlessly creative in his artistic pursuit, Naeem creates impressionistic, genre-bending music. Having spent much of the last decade stretching his creative legs in a variety of ways, he’s hit the road with artists ranging from The Avalanches and Bon Iver to Big Red Machine and Mouse on Mars, took part in a 37d03d residency in Berlin, and was selected as the music resident in 2019 for New York’s Pioneer Works space. Through it all, he’s been building and creating, pulling from creative circles all across the U.S. to craft a truly unique sound of his own.
Reinterpreted for today’s fraught times, Naeem’s cover of “You and I” is deeply textured, emotional, and daring. “It sounds like a James Brown song to me,” says Naeem, “but if he sang it, he’d sing it as a slow song, and then I imagined myself crooning it. It’s an important song for people to hear right now, especially in terms of the ideas of self-care and the attention economy. The song’s about how we don’t have time for the little things, which feels really heavy and makes so much sense right now.”