On the Kyle Korver edition of Quickies, we’ve got a healthy heaping of good music. Let’s get into it and remember to support dope music in all its forms.
EZIA and Sam Sellers – “That Morning”
EZIA reminds me of a mix between neo-soul bands and the phrasing of a Carter Marie or Jhene Aiko. The production was mainly handled by EZIA herself, so she’s a dual threat in that regard. The song itself is a bit angry at the dissolution of a relationship, but also a melancholy over the dissolution (and the reasons why it dissolved: a silly argument that escalated to a level that neither person could back down from). Sellers’ flow and verse reminds me of Andre 3000 in its approach; it’s pretty poetic, just like EZIA’s vocals.
Kennyjonez – “Intro”
Another song about finding a bit of love in a world where it’s not guaranteed, Kennyjonez’s “Intro” features the singer wanting his woman back. He admits that he messed up by “treating [her] like Pippen,” all while channeling his inner 90s R&B crooner. It helps that the beat feels right out of the early 1990s as well. It’s a solid introduction to me from the artist, one that’ll keep me on the lookout for his newer tracks when they drop. This is slated to be the intro to his upcoming project, so when it drops, I’ll be sure to update you all on Kennyjonez.
REDEYEBLUE – “We Here”
A song that’s equally a kick push anthem and a boombap tribute at the same time, REDEYEBLUE’s “We Here” features Fashawn, who still brings heat and seems to get better with time. The duo of REDEYEBLUE combines Cincinnati rap flows and grit with Austrian love for the hip-hop culture. The group’s been together for most of the last eight years. Though this is my second or third time coming across REB, if the duo keeps it up, they’ll quickly find themselves on SOTB more frequently. I’m here for the production and the rapid lyricism which has a lot of different layers to it.
English – “Colorblind”
A song about mental health awareness, a less-than-ideal relationship because of one’s mental health and trying to rebuild oneself after gaining personal insight, “Colorblind” is one of those bittersweet tracks. You feel for English, but he also presents himself as a person who doesn’t want/need your sympathy. That’s because he feels like he’s made his bed and will lie in it as long as it takes to reconcile everything in his eyes. The song is brilliant in its approach, since it doesn’t come off “woe is me” nor does it come off as “feel bad for me because I messed up.” It lays everything out there, in a sonically-pleasing way, and lets it just sit with us instead of trying to sway listeners either way.
Tippy – “Save Me”
Another track about mental health awareness, “Save Me” features the Philly artist talking about the positives and negatives about dealing with mental health. Specifically, he discusses trying to do it all on your own. The hook reminds me a bit of a Skylar Grey hook and the lyrics feature Tippy being incredibly vulnerable with regards to his mental health. The hook ties into the rest of the song because he ultimately wants to be “saved” from his self-imposed hell–though the only way he can do that is if he lets others in. No man is an island, essentially.
Matt McKnzi – “Dying Breed”
McKnzi mentions that he doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to write anything like “Dying Breed” again. However, that’s a good thing; “Dying Breed” discusses an inability to let people in, a plethora of shame and self-hatred. This was made possible because of McKnzi’s self-destructive nature, pre-sobriety. Thankfully, the artist is sober and in a better headspace now. In fact, I’m curious to see what his next releases sound like, given that they won’t sound anything like “Dying Breed.” You’ve got my attention, for sure.
Anjali Asha and FKi 1st – “Bad”
A slightly different vibe than the others today, but also still positive in a lot of ways, Anjali Asha’s “Bad” features the newcomer exuding a ton of self-confidence and the like. Which is, by no means, a bad thing. In fact, if I went through what she has, I’d be saying “I’m the ish” every chance that I get. Lil Baby lines aside, Asha went through a hellish recovery after a car accident and then has made her mark musically. I’m here for this sort of positivity. Check this one out if you’re in the need of some love/self-love in the realm of positive influence and positive vibes.
Mike Terrell – “The Smallest of Issues Stresses Me Out”
We’ve all been here. Sometimes, little things build up to become big things. But what happens when you’re just hit with a lot of small things at once? I think that’s where Mike Terrell is, as he’s speaking on the small things that keep building up and piling onto each other. The song takes a slightly pessimistic approach to the matter, but that doesn’t make it any less valid. In mental health, we have our good days and we have our bad ones. However, Terrell doesn’t seem to say “this is how it’s going to be forever, even if this is how it is today.”
Howler Honey – “Taste of You”
A song that details a sensual, sexual time between lovers, “Taste of You” features the duo exploring the soundscape as much as their narrator may want to explore their partner’s body. I’m reminded of a mix between The Alabama Shakes and Amy Winehouse on this particular track, as it’s got that old-school bluesy feel to it with an edge.
OSP – “Breathe”
A song that addresses “the struggle of navigating life in an ever-changing environment,” “Breathe” is one of those songs that tackles the darkness that can, at any time, engulf us. Speaking on police brutality and non-police-related violence (among a lot of other topics, such as misguided youth), the song is one that preaches positivity and wants us to avoid the negatives in the world. Even if they’re a bit more accessible, that doesn’t make them better.
If you need something to vibe with tonight, you should check one of these out and support dope music in all its forms.