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Single Review: Heistheartist – “God Is On My Mind”

So divine and silky fine, Heistheartist slows things down on the graciousness of “God Is On My Mind”. Elegant chords radiate off into the distance. Pace gets brought back to a glimmering, gorgeous realm. The arrangement keeps things pared back to the essentials. Grooves are constructed in a way reminiscent of James Blake’s futuristic R&B. Here though things have that right level of smoothness to it, with the bass rolling through in this serene way. Melodies glow over the rest of the laid-back rhythm. Best of all are his vocals that feel ideally suited for the tender atmosphere that adorns the whole thing. Kept to the simplest of elements, this is greater that the sum of its parts, allowing for a magical property to frame the sound.

Right from the beginning he wastes no time at all in setting the mood. From there the few additional elements come on into the mix. Production quality matters and honestly the amount of attention paid to the low end is admirable. Everything about it seems stuck in a deliriously happy trance. Over the course of the journey the hushed awe that stems from each element reverberates out into the distance. By the time it all comes to a great conclusion the vividness comes into focus as it all neatly fades out in a truly classic fashion.

“God Is On My Mind” shows off the vivid imagery of Heistheartist in crafting this serene, sparkling universe.


Ashley Puckett Holds Nothing Back on “Tequila”

A woozy, dazed quality emerges on Ashley Puckett’s yearning “Tequila”. From the slide guitar to the gritty storytelling it all works. She manages to make this rather captivating world one that feels doubly refreshing. Everything about her delivery adds to the inherent beauty of the piece. Rhythms go for a looseness ensuring that every single detail gets accentuated with percussion that works on an emotional level. Best of all the riffs have a dreamy disposition for there is this sense of pure longing that defines the work.

She holds nothing back and right from the beginning it has its own sense of purpose. A groove has an unsteadiness to it, perfectly embodying what a lot of tequila might do to a person. This, on top of the lustful glances that she brings into the fray, further adds to the romantic quality of the work. Volume adds to this for the piece virtually works itself into an outright crescendo. Many different parts of the group makes sure to intermingle creating this vast expanse of territory, the kind of thing that feels quite potent. For the final stretch of the mix the song seemingly tapers off, allowing for a gradual letdown of that kinetic energy, with her voice continuing to lead the way all until the very final moments.

“Tequila” has a tenderness to it, for Ashley Puckett makes sure to touch upon the very essence of what it means to truly want.

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Valid and Stretch Money share bouncy single, “Sentimental”

Detroit heavyweights Valid and Stretch Money have shared a bouncy new single called “Sentimental”. With nearly a million streams worldwide, historic collaborations, and songs that have impacted the city of Detroit, solo artists Valid & Stretch Money have joined forces to release “Sentimental”. Executive produced by platinum-credited Grammy Award-winning DJ Head of Shady Records and Grammy-Award- winning engineer Anthony Rizzo. “Sentimental” is sure to turn heads and surprise the core audience of both MCs. Their latest track is an all-out affair of vivid sonics, infectious vocals, and versatile songwriting that blends influences from 80’s electropop, hip-hop and more, making for a joint that provides heavy replay value while keeping things authentic throughout.

“Sentimental” demonstrates much poise and focus in its songwriting, demonstrated throughout catchy rap verses that pair smoothly with a sharply-crafted chorus. Valid, Stretch Money, and Kerr sound natural and effortless atop Cross’ vivid production, as they ride the synth-laden, bouncy beat with ease. “Sentimental” is a track that can suit a wide range of moods and settings, as well as appeal to a broad audience of listeners, and it makes for a diverse and refreshing offering. Take a listen to “Sentimental” below and tap in with these Detroit emcees.

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