Over the past five years, Nathan Shaw, be known to most as Ekali, has built a powerful reputation as both a soaring producer and in-demand touring artist. He’s left fingerprints on Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late album as well as viral remixes of Flume‘s “Smoke & Retribution,” What So Not‘s “Gemini,” and Flux Pavilion‘s “I Can’t Stop.” On top of putting out industry hit after hit, Ekali released several collaborations in 2019 with artists Illnenium, YOOKiE, and 1788-L, and many more on the way, including a seismic Skrillex joint.
The start of the new decade marks the moment Shaw steps into his own light and releases his debut album, A World Away, available January 24. The new album will be accompanied by a full North American tour from February through March, with support from graves, William Black, and Juelz.
Excited to announce that ’A World Away’, my debut Album, is out everywhere on January 24th. I remember growing up listening to Vinyl records and CDs and envisioning myself one day putting out an album of my own, so this is a very special moment for me. I hope you enjoy it! pic.twitter.com/cfyxrAR7Ne
— Ekali 🥀 (@EkaliMusic) January 14, 2020
Ekali also took to Twitter to announce a surprise side project for 2020. Few details are known about this later album aside from it having a house music sound “with a different twist.” If this new venture is anything like the bombastic feel-good anthems Ekali drops on his crowd live, fans are in for a real treat.
On top of “A World Away”, the solo album I have a side project album almost done as well for 2020.
— Ekali 🥀 (@EkaliMusic) December 27, 2019
The album will consist of 12 songs. In addition to three solo originals, the project is packed full of collaborations with Elohim, Nitti Gritti, and newcomers Au / Ra and mossy. Among the tracks already released are “Runaway” featuring Reo Cragun, “Be Fine” featuring Wafia, “Back to You” featuring Kiiara, and of course his budding Illenium collaboration, “Hard To Say Goodbye.”
‘A World Away’
1. Fairy Tale w. Elohim
2. Runaway w. Reo Cragun
4. Drown w. Au / Ra
5. Cage w. mossy.
7. Power w. Nitti Gritti
8. To A Friend (interlude)
9. Back To You w. Kiiara
10. Be fine w. Wafia
11. Flow Through Me
12. Hard To Say Goodbye w. Illenium
— Ekali 🥀 (@EkaliMusic) January 13, 2020
Ekali embarks on his A World Away tour on February 6 in Seattle. He’ll be taking the album across North America with stops in Vancouver, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Boston, New York City, Washington, Chicago, and more. Purchase tickets here.