World Premiere: Rojai & E. Live's Hard Pressed

First look at Bayonics duo's new project

If you’ve dipped into the San Francisco Bay Area’s homegrown funk scene, then you’ve probably encountered Bayonics. The 10-piece band has packed venues around the city, from Elbo Room to Mezzanine, the latter where they premiered their debut album Mission Statement in 2011.

This week, Bayonics lead singer Jairo "Rojai" Vargas and producer Eli "E. Live" Hurwitz unveil a new side project, Hard Pressed. While Bayonics often scatter over the genre map by incorporating jammy funk, backpack rap, hip-hop en español and salsa rhythms; Rojai and E. Live stick to retro-minded soul reminiscent of Mayer Hawthorne and Chromeo. The first video from Hard Pressed is “Anything is Possible,” and we’ve got an exclusive premiere of the video.

But don’t worry: Bayonics hasn’t broken up. The crew has just scheduled a big show at Great American Music Hall for April 5.

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