More of a dance track than anything else, "Hands" is a song by London-based rapper Octavian that quite obviously has him singing and not rapping. Compared to his last two releases ("100 Degrees" and "Party Here"), it's a complete change in what you might've expected from the up-and-comer but not in his sound aesthetic. The emotion-evoking distortions are reminiscent of James Blake—or perhaps, more accurately, Mount Kimbie—combining gospel, soul, and electronic elements bubbling into a shuffling, bass-heavy, and dynamic production.
Did you ever see Elon Musk talk about the possibility that reality as we know it might be a simulation? Well, this is sorta-kinda-not like the musical equivalent of that theory, but luckily for us, Odie articulates it much better. "Little Lies" — as the artist puts it — is actually about a girl and a relationship, but it also explores the meaning of life: "What if all my sins never met a God? If there really is no reason to anything and there really is no purpose for anything in life then the only purpose for me to live really is for me to have a purpose to live. And the only purpose that I can find for me to live is to just do things." Listen above and muse about it if you have some time.
Each frame of LA Timpa's "2;ep1" is captivating and carefully curated as the beat pulsates with gliss from location to location; occasionally rumbling alongside the lyrics aimed at the monotony of existence.
Near the end of January, Toronto-based artist Kafayé reintroduced himself through the release of three new songs entitled: "Balmain," "Consuela" and "Paradise." In all of which, the 21-year-old vocalist blends his Carribean roots and influences with contemporary sounds of soul and R&B. The resulting mixture is reminiscent of the islands whilst being grounded in city life. Friend and collaborator, Abdullah, produced the triplet of singles and together they're still working forward to progress. I had the opportunity to see the pair perform live at Outtaline's "Volume 4" showcase a few weeks ago. The songs translated well; and Kafayé's upcoming project, The Sweet Summer Experience, is definitely something to look out for.
Col3trane is a London-based artist whose debut mixtape, Tsarina, recently released in November.
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