Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re getting a sneak peek at a track that’ll be dropping on June 27. The single is ‘We Own The Night,’ a track by the rising star Matthew Shultz. The new tune also features Jim Jones, the well-known hip hop legend. Schultz has exploded across social media with thousands of followers and his work with Jones has been widely praised. This new track is the latest offering from the two. Is the new single any good? Let’s find out.
The production of ‘We Own The Night’ is marvelous. Tight beats and a solid mix accent both Jones and Schultz quite well. Jones takes the reigns and really makes the track as infectious as it is. Schultz remains withdrawn until his searing solo - a brief, but elegant exhibition of his skill. The two clash in beautiful harmony, soaked in atmospheric synth sections and autotune.
As I listened to ‘We Own The Night’ half a dozen times, I noticed something intriguing. It sounds very similar to something akin to a Kanye West song. Schultz employs production that aligns closely with West’s later works, especially in regard to the autotuned choruses and the way the back-up vocals cascade over one another. I mean this as a very high compliment: I adore West and think he’s a genius. ‘We Own The Night’ sounds like a track off the cutting room floor of ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.’
What I find truly compelling about this song is the unlikely collaboration between a multi-faceted producet/guitarist and an industry veteran rapper. It’s a duo that highlights the best of both their worlds. The sharp production value is complemented by extraordinary performances that don’t feel contrived or narcissistic. (The latter of which is a pretty big problem with hip hop right now.) Check out ‘We Own The Night’ when it drops next week. It’s one of the better indie tracks of the summer and it’s sure to continue Matthew Schultz’ rise in the community.
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