Miguel drifts around on a tiny stage while his band bangs out every note. He gets the crowd to chant “splish splish”. “Righteous” – he says in return. The War & Leisure tour is peak Miguel. If you’re thinking about seeing him, see him NOW.
A set list of 20+ songs will satisfy the old and new Miguel fans while draining the voice right out of your lungs. 2010’s “All I Want Is You” and “Sure Thing” prove the singer has been mastering R&B for quite some time now. While newer fans can sing to the bouncy “Banana Clip”, “Pineapple Skies”, and the crowd favorite: “Sky Walker”. But pretty much everyone can reminisce over “How Many Drinks?” and the saucy “Do You?”.
The California native managed to pack in everyone’s favorites and then some. About halfway through the set, the singer performed a flawless medley of his song with Wale: “Lotus Flower Bomb”, “Power Trip” with J Cole, and his recent collab with Dua Lipa: “Lost In Your Light”. A steady beat stitched them all together without a hitch.
Miguel’s voice cannot be fully appreciated until you hear it live. Effortless runs and endless vibrato make you wonder how he’s managed to keep that voice so pristine for so long… and how he makes it look so damn EASY.
The show itself was enlightening to watch. A shining array of bright lights echoed every rock breakdown Miguel’s band did so well. The energy was more than the room could handle.
My only complaint? The merch was way too expensive. I will never pay $45 for a t-shirt…
This is a new series I’m going to start doing every now and then. I’ll pick some of my favorite recent videos on YouTube, whether it be artist interviews, special live performances, funny bits, etc. I want to share what’s cool on the web with all of you – all music related.
dvsn (pronounced “division”) is quite the mystery. Dropping a subtle album on iTunes in early April titled Sept. 5th , this duo, signed to Drake’s OVO Sound label are making major waves in the R&B genre. Alongside similar artists like Majid Jordan and Miguel, dvsn mixes electronic sounds with R&B beats and the cherry on top? Impeccable vocals from singer Daniel Daley. Standout track “Hallucinations” feels like a cloudy dream as Daley’s vocals swoon you to sleep; “Tryna rewind ’til we’re back where we started, yeah that’s all I want, night after night after night I’m still haunted.” Another hot song off their debut is titled, “Too Deep” with credits going to producer of the group Jefferies, Majid Jordan, Timbaland, the late Static Major, Maneesh, and other dvsn member Daniel Daley.
Jefferies told The Fader he started dvsn to “to explore some stuff that I normally wouldn’t get to do as this quote-unquote pop producer.” And that’s exactly what you hear on this album. Gospel-soul-like sounds that never seem to grace the radio waves. Each track takes you on a crazy trip into another world you can’t seem to get out of mentally (in a good way.) Jefferies has a strong hand in the OVO Sound producing crew and is bound to make you fall in love with him sooner or later. Although he keeps his identity on the low, dvsn might be the end of that.