A song that samples The Carpenters’ “Close to You” will always get my attention. That’s mainly because I love Karen Carpenter’s voice and the group’s sound. The melodic nature of most of The Carpenters’ songs lend themselves well to sampling.
That said, South African artist Cairo Clarendon’s “Darklight” is one of those “try to find the good, even among the bad” sort of tracks. I love the production here, as it’s a bit experimental, a bit alternative with a healthy dose of 808s. I also love the way that the beat builds until the emotions and the positive vibes overflow onto the track. Lastly, I enjoyed the idea of finding that light, even when things seem dark. You can’t appreciate the light if you’ve never experienced the darkness.
The song, like most of Cairo’s upcoming project Zed, was produced by Oshxku. If the rest of the project is anything like this one, you’ll definitely hear a song or two on an upcoming playlist (at the very least). Check out the track below and support dope music in all its forms.