6LACK’s not the loudest artist in the world – he’d rather let his music do the talking. For artists like 6LACK, focusing on this avenue of expression isn’t just useful, it’s necessary; it can offer more emotionally than it does financially, and that statement is by no means trivial. Luckily for me, however, I was able to hear the other side of the story.
After spending a couple of years carving out his sound, Brooklyn-based singer and producer TCVVX is now ready for us to hear it all with his self-titled debut EP. Offering vocals that soar, dive and land somewhere in between Chris Brown, The Weeknd and Frank Ocean (huge compliment), TCVVX permeates the darkest corners of the elastic alt-R&B genre on his introspective debut, leaving no stone unturned.
Post Malone’s breakout track, ‘White Iverson’, is still different things to different people; to some – a bit of a joke, and to others – the best song of 2015. You could probably find solid arguments in both camps, but regardless of your view on Post Malone, he’s done his fair share of internet/heart/rule-breaking since his emergence into public consciousness. He continues this streak with his debut album, ‘Stoney’, which pops when it works – and flops when it doesn’t.
In late 2012, The Weeknd (Abél Tesfaye) released ‘The Trilogy’, a compilation project that blended his initial three mixtapes – ‘House Of Balloons’, ‘Echoes Of Silence’ and ‘Thursday’ – into a two-and-a-half hour odyssey characterised by its desperate melancholia and wraith-like vocal lines. Abel took R&B, shook her up, put her in knee-high leather boots and had her doing lines of coke the size of Santa’s eyebrows in a dimly lit room. He – without wanting to sound too cliché – changed the game.
In anticipation for his third studio LP, ‘Starboy’ (which should be with us by tomorrow) The Weeknd has just dropped a short film, ‘Mania’, comprising snippets from various tracks slated to appear on ‘Starboy’. These include ‘All I Know’ (feat. Future), ‘Sidewalks’ (feat. Kendrick Lamar), ‘Secrets’, ‘Die For You’, ‘Party Monster’ and ‘I Feel It Coming’.