music monday / sam smith

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sam smith is another artist i featured in my “artists to watch 2014” post, but another one that is so good, i felt he deserved his own music monday article. a british singer/songwriter with electronic tendencies and really weird hair, smith gained early notoriety when he collaborated with disclosure on “latch” last year. and of course, because disclosure has the midas touch right now (aka everyone is up on their dicks, literally) sam smith has blown up.

for my part, i’m hooked on smith’s “nirvana” and the subsequent remix from until the ribbon breaks, a cardiff-based singer/songwriter/producer triple threat that who has worked with everyone from the weeknd to lorde to holy other. i got introduced to him through this ssense editorial, and have had my eye on him since. his moniker is a reference to old casette mixtapes, listened to so much that you’d tear the ribbon. UTRB provides some needed mysticism to smith’s track, which on their own, lean more on the side of pop-R&B. not that i’m complaining, i’m partial to a little pop here and there but i think these two pair up nicely. “nirvana” is full of loops and swoops and breaky (post)dubby goodness – a welcome pick me up on what has turned out to be the monday morning of everlasting godforsaken fucking winter.

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