Cautious Clay’s “Reasons”

Cautious Clay’s “Reasons”

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“Reasons” feels different from any other Cautious Clay song. It’s lined with exuberant hip-hop elements; starting with a deep guitar riff then swiftly back into a rhythmic beat. Keeping his harmonic background vocals and soaring alto notes as he croons about making mistakes, changes, and being honest.

“I did it all for the no, I did it all for the no good reasons, I said it all for the need, I always knew you would change like seasons” Clay preaches on the chorus. “Reasons” is edgy and urgent, unlike the slower yet philosophical themes of Clay’s previous work.

The Brooklyn-native is working on an EP to be released early next year.

Listen to “Reasons” here:

 


 

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On Repeat: “Savior” – Elley Duhé

On Repeat: “Savior” – Elley Duhé

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After the success of her collaboration with EDM producer/DJ Zedd (“Happy Now”), this Alabama native continues to shows off her vocal prowess on a bonus track off her album, Dragon Mentality.

“In the dead of the night, in the heart of my chest, you hide” Duhé sings in a raspy punchy pitch. “Savior” has a heavy melodic sound to it. Hip-hop-esque backbeats and diverse vocal runs make this song as powerful musically as it is lyrically.

Poetic lyrics shed light on the meaning of saviors. Duhé spoke about the song saying, “Savior is a song about the bonds that keep us together – we save each other every day… when we can help each other we must, when we can love each other we must, we will save us in the end.”

Listen for yourself below:

 


 

Who You Need: Petit Biscuit

Who You Need: Petit Biscuit

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WHO: Mehdi Benjelloun (Petit Biscuit)

WHERE: Rouen, France

GENRE: Tropical House

TOP SONGS: “Sunset Lover” and “Problems”

Think of a sunset, a hot shower, a cloudy fall night, a hug from your love; THAT’S Petit Biscuit. All the feels, all the love, all the coziness, and all the beauty in the world, crushed up into a musical creation you’ll never forget.

His latest singles, “Suffer” and “Safe” bring more of a pop/EDM sound to his core house elements. Singer/songwriter Skott is featured on “Suffer” singing about the joy and happiness in being alone; “I’m hanging on my own, my own, I’m going out for dinner, having whiskey on my own, I’m hanging out alone, alone.” Electric laser beams and sirens pierce through the lyrics on this track giving the melody an extra boost.

Biscuit shed some light on the making of this song; “One of my initial recordings made it into the track, that siren sounding shout at the beginning. That’s in part why it’s called ‘Suffer’, composing it helped me get over some painful moments.”

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Who You Need: Wafia

Who You Need: Wafia

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WHO: Wafia

WHERE: Netherlands

GENRE: Alt/pop

TOP SONGS: “Bodies”, “Better Not”

Since the August release of Wafia’s fizzy pop single “I’m Good”, fans have been blowing up the singers spotlight. “Good” serves as a fun breakup anthem (or maybe you just decided to stop eating Cheetos in bed…to each their own.) A bouncy beat makes this song cheeky like a 70’s sitcom intro, add in some layered harmonic vocals and you’ve got a hit.

Wafia proclaims her naivety and boy did she learn. She starts out the song like any good ole love story; “I was so young, I was so dumb when I gave you my heart.” The singer says, “‘I’m Good’ was an attempt at writing a self-fulfilling prophecy. At the time I could foresee heartbreak that I was going to have to work through and I wanted to write the song that I’d want to hear at the end of it all.” Genius? I think so.

If you’re interested in some of her other work that may not be pulsing through the radio waves, listen to my personal favorite, her joint EP titled (m)edian, with producer/singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Ta-Ku. “Meet In the Middle” and “Love Somebody” will write the love letter you never found the words for. Also, check out her solo work including “Bodies” and “Only Love”. Not to mention her explosive pop-dance hit, “Better Not” with rising EDM act, Louis the Child.