Two songs came out in 2016 that didn’t receive the airplay they deserved until later this year. These two songs are now certified classics. Songs you will play a month from now, on your wedding day and to your kids on long road trips.
Goldlink – Crew
Daniel Caesar – Get You
Once ‘Get You’ hit, Daniel Caesar’s shot to fame was bright and meteoric. When his first EP (Praise Break, 2014) came out, it was ranked number 19 on Rolling Stone’s Top Twenty R&B albums of 2014. I felt very left out. He’s been on his grind for three years but we’re only listening to him now? That’s the price artists pay for stardom. No-one cares how good you are until you have your first hit. Coincidentally, Goldlink.
Anyway, Daniel hasn’t stopped working hard.
His debut album Freudian is a sonical landscape of love and heartbreak intertwined like lovers on Insecure. On ‘Best Part’, his duet with H.E.R, aided by softly-strung guitars, hands inch closer to each other, stares are deeper, the shade under the tree is warmer.
You’re my water when I’m stuck in the desert
You’re the Tylenol I take when my head hurts
You’re the sunshine on my life
‘Hold Me Down’ takes gospel and turns it into a PartyNextDoor interlude. Kirk Franklin into Tiller.
The rest of the album plays like a live concert. Songs flow into each other, sounding better together than apart.
‘Loose’ plays out like intimate backstage practice. On the last half of the song, he performs the introduction to ‘We find love’ and it sounds like unrequited love. Sad, harsh, beautiful. When the song begins, this turns this into a rally cry. Breakups suck man, but it isn’t the end. We rise and we fall. The end is not the end.
He still want to be loved though. He still wants it to all mean something.
On ‘Blessed’, Daniel is a junkie at the knees of love. I may not be good for you but I can’t live without you.
It’s the way that you pray
Prey on my insecurities
Daniel takes his gospel roots and, hand in hand with an actual gospel choir, redefines soul in 2017.
This album will be a classic. Quote me.
What a beautiful album. Thanks for letting me do my thing on it 🙂 and for the salad last night that i didnt have time to eat lol pic.twitter.com/jaULA90Kvf
— syd (@internetsyd) August 26, 2017
Here’s a really nice piano cover. I hope it makes your day a little brighter:
Rated: 4.4 /5