Shy Girls is an R&B experience out of Portland, Oregon. Producer and vocalist Dan Vidmar came to Portland several years ago by way of Pennsylvania, taking a loft apartment in the city’s inner Eastside industrial district. Working a day job at an emergency room, he’d return to the loft and craft his sultry, seductive pop R&B into the mystical pre-dawn hours. In late 2011, the “Shy Girls EP” surfaced on BandCamp: a four song collection remarkable for its irresistible grooves, clean production, and the immediacy with which its creator’s soulful vocal crooning turns listeners into empathizers. The source of the project’s soul is satisfyingly difficult to pin down – Vidmar pulls unabashedly from a wide range of pop influences. We find the bedroom eyes of late ’90s boy bands shining dewily upon these tracks, with a New Jack Swing vibe giving them attitude and grit. They also boast a certain proficiency for testifyin’ that reaches further back in time, to Motown funk maestros like Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson.

Check out the gorgeously smooth remix of Shy GirlsUnder Attack by the duo The-Drum. Also, check out the original track below, it’s just as fantastic.