SOTBMusic Quickies Vol. 23, 2/14/22

Happy Monday (or Valentine’s Night, if you’re in that position). Things have been a bit hectic, but it’s the beginning of the week, so you know what that means. We’ve got some fire tracks to go through for our Jordan Volume of Quickies. Without further ado, let’s get into them and remember to support dope music in all its forms.

Ay Wing – “Trippin”

Our first Quickie comes from the UK in the form of Ay Wing’s “Trippin.” This jazzy track literally takes listeners on a (love) trip and explains that feeling of being drunk in love. It’s a vibrant song, one that sounds like love and reminds me of the way I first felt when I first fell in love. You feel a little goofy and silly, but you don’t want the ride to be over and you want to know everything about the person you’re in love with. I like the instrumentation on this one as well, as it’s jazzy and resonates love, while also presenting a bit of technicolor lust in there as well (more so that Wing wants to know everything about her lover).

SHEZ – “our.time”

Keeping up with the UK vibes, SHEZ’s “our.time” kind of reminds me of a Dwele track, down to the Dilla-esque beat and the smooth vocals. The song itself is more about making the most of a fleeting moment, and that’s also something I’ve experienced over the years. You don’t know if/when it’ll end, so you want to do everything you can before it’s over. I love his silky vocals here, as they’re rich but also smooth.

Kevonna Rose – “That’s Fine”

A bit of an anti-Valentine, Kevonna Rose’s “That’s Fine” finds the Philly artist questioning why she stayed in a relationship that was quickly crashing and burning. She, by the hook, realizes that even though she sees the good in people, the person she with, in a word, is an asshole. However, she’s okay with this, because she’s moving on and growing in spite of her ex’s BS and asshole-ish nature. I love this one because, again, I’ve been in this predicament (not recently, but still). Sometimes, regardless of how much you care, that other person is just a POS and that’s okay. As long as you grew in spite of the foolishness, it’s a win (even if it feels like a loss at the time).

LNDFK – “Smoke – A moon or a button”

This one blends a bit of Dilla, a bit of Thundercat and a bit of Amy Winehouse to create a soundscape that’s both dreamy and reflective. I love LNDFK’s vocals here as they mesh so well with the futuristic instrumental. The production/instrumentation here takes listeners on a vibe-heavy trip while also presenting a lot of space for LNDFK to delve into feelings, a bit of existentialism and everything in between. This is definitely one to check out, as this storyteller of a song appears on LNDFK’s debut, Kuni.

Ex-poets – “Romantix”

Another somewhat trippy-in-presentation song, “Romantix” tells the story of a narrator and his lover, who’s now on the other side of the universe. I love the presentation of this one, as it kind of reminds me of Bowie’s Major Tom series of songs–minus the potential autobiographical drug addition aspect. The duo of Ex-poets also brings to mind groups such as Unknown Mortal Orchestra in their presentation and vocals, so if you’re a fan of that group, you should also check this one out as well..

Adria Kain – “Lost One”

A love song in some ways–and a song about lost love in others–Adria Kain’s “Lost One” details a love that finds her wanting her lover back (even though she’s fearful that she’s lost them forever). The neo-soul vibes here remind me of a mix between Sade and Ari Lennox. Her voice is smooth and rich while also still having a bit of youthful rebellion against what seems written in “stone.” I like this one and its presentation, specifically her vocals and the instrumental (I’m a sucker for orchestra-meets-jazzy instrumentals). This is definitely a favorite of mine from this Quickies volume.

Damien Sebe – “drifting in space”

Damien Sebe continues his growth as a producer and an artist with “drifting in space.” Partly inspired by Sebe’s desire to be an astronaut as a child, this one is minimalistic hip-hop at its finest (to me, at least). It’s melancholy but also emotionally charged. You can feel the nostalgia on this one, while also seeing the future Sebe is trying to carve for himself as a human and an artist. The NASA speech snippets add an additional layer to the beat, as they grab the track before it drifts too far into space, keeping it grounded while still allowing it to soar a bit.

Ramsey Renee – “Conversations”

Ramsey Renee is a 16-year-old Marylander who’s getting her multi on (in that she’s a singer/songwriter/musician who seemingly does it all). Her latest, “Conversations,” finds the teenager being wise beyond her years–and sonically ahead the curve. I like this one because of her vocals, but also because of the fact that she’s detailing a relationship that could’ve been saved if her partner would’ve listened. “No one told you to stay, but that don’t mean that I think you should leave,” Renee sings towards the end of the song. When I tell you all I felt that, believe me when I say that this young woman has a bright future ahead of her because of her multitalented skillset. She reminds me of Alessia Cara when she first came out the gate. That is, minus the younger millennial fear of going out vibes of, say, “Here.” She’s got a maturity that some artists twice her age struggle with, but still has a youthful innocence to her music. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Laughing Boy Worldwide – “Dear Soulmate”

Over a darker sample of “Candy Rain” that brings Anayka She’s “My Love” to mind, Laughing Boy Worldwide’s “Dear Soulmate” is a breakup anthem meets an “I still love you” anthem. His vocals remind me a bit of Drake, as do his lyrics. His lyrics are full of heartbreak and heartache, plus the young brother can hold a note. Plus, the chopped and screwed breakdown at the end brings Take Care back to my mind. When that one dropped, I was in the middle of an intense breakup, seeing what else was out there with a woman younger than me (by like two years) and in the middle of a journey of self-discovery. When “Dear Soulmate” dropped, I’m in the middle of a journey of self-discovery. Some things never change–and I hope LBW doesn’t change in that I hope he always gives us heartfelt lyricism.

the della kit – “clarity”

tdk’s “clarity” reminds me of a Jill Scott cut from the early 2000s. It’s smooth, a little sexy, a little playful–but also just blunt about one’s feelings on love. On this one, she wants clarity on what her newfound love is really. Is it true love or is it just a bit of lust? Her vocals also remind me of Scott, in that they’re powerful but also seem a bit effortless in that she can “sang” but it comes naturally.

Coline Creuzot – “Sometimes”

A bit of an “I’m trying to get over a heartache” song mixed with “I still need you in my life” energies, Creuzot’s “Sometimes” brings to mind artists like Tamia and Monica. She’s got a 1990s R&B feel to her vocals while also having a foot firmly planted in the 2020s. The track’s a bit on the short side, but that works in its favor (to me) because it leaves you wanting more but also wanting Coline to get her lover back. She’s got it bad for her ex, and I, too, have been in that predicament once or twice. Sometimes, you get them back and sometimes things are over forever. Creuzot is willing to fight for that last chance because she thinks of her ex every time the sun rises. I’m here for this sort of fight.

Conor Maynard – “Dance With Somebody”

I tend to stay away from covers. That’s mainly because quite a few covers fail to capture me like the original tracks. With that in mind, there was something about Conor Maynard’s Whitney cover that grabbed me. It could be because it went all “How to Save a Life” with an originally-upbeat pop song (random SOTB Fact of the Day: “How to Save a Life” still gets me emotional 17 years later). It could also be because Maynard’s got some pain in his voice. Either way, it’s an interesting cover of a classic track. I would’ve loved to hear his take on the “somebody who/somebody who” bridge of the original, but I can live without it.

Sorry. I know this one is a bit late, but life happens. Keep on supporting dope music in all its forms.

Speed on the Beat

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