This month, we’re grooving to tracks by Mouraine, Lavish and Daniel Caesar.
Let us know what you’re listening to, and be sure to check out the tunes below.
“Gold” by Mouraine
How did we rate it? BBBB Extremely Good
This was a tough pick. I chose between the ethereal vibes of Mouraine’s new single “Tonight” or rock with the funky uptempo mantra behind the single “Gold.” I decided to go with the latter. Both tracks are from his new full-length album, In Search of Gold. The hook itself is a reflection of what Mouraine is all about, with the rapper reminding you, “No, no, no, no, no/I can’t settle for nothing but the gold.” It resonates. His lyrical proficiency is playful and crafty, as his talent shines. There’s no slick bravado or abrasiveness from this Sudan-born, Edmonton-bred lyricist. Instead, his energy guides you on a smooth ride of beats, love and hip hop—period.
“We Make Sense” by Lavish
How did we rate it? BBB Good
The beats on this one are sexy and melodramatic, yet it’s still missing a particular something. I feel like Lavish is holding back on “We Make Sense.” While certain songs can do without too much showmanship, this one demands it. The heavy bassline, accompanied by the lyrics of love lost, which makes no sense when things seemingly fit, leaves space for vocal theatrics. Tell us in adlibs how her unrequited love is missed. Bellow out and make us feel that you’re grieving. I wanted to engulf myself in his sorrow fully, but I couldn’t. Nonetheless, “We Make Sense” is still worthy of the spin.
“Let Me Go” by Daniel Caesar
How did we rate it? BBBBB Outstanding
This single was released in February, but I didn’t get a chance to share my thoughts. We’ve all been anticipating new music from Grammy-award-winning artist Daniel Caesar, and he hasn’t disappointed us with “Do You Like Me” or his latest, “Let Me Go.” Press play, and close your eyes to enjoy every curve and melody. Representing the melodies of yesteryear, Caesar tells his significant other that it’s time to move on. His vocals pierce through as he subtly coos, “Baby, won’t you let me go.” It’s an almost four-minute beauty of a track that will have you at every guitar strum, background riff and note. It’s gorgeous. There’s no denying it. If this is an invitation for his upcoming release, Never Enough, on April 7, I’m ready for all of it.
ByBlacks Rating System:
BBBB Extremely Good
B Don't bother listening