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 morning’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on a rather interesting artist hailing from Ontario. BK Forever, a twenty two year old aspiring hip hop artist, has recently released ‘Selfish Lovers,’ a track off his upcoming endeavor, ‘I’m Frozen In Time And Falling Behind,’ due out Jan. 24. Sung by Daniela Andrade and Caylee Mooy and mixed/mastered by C.L. McCoy, the tune is a surprisingly lovely pop-tinged hip hop track. Let’s dig right into it.
The female leads on ‘Selfish Lovers’ are the defining highlight of the track. Their voices are absolutely stunning; they’ve been mixed so perfectly by C.L. McCoy. I love the atmospheric landscapes that topple and rebuild themselves around the vocal sections, creating a masterful dichotomy between instrumental and vocal performance. The vocal manipulation on Andrade and Mooy is breathtakingly beautiful, elegantly harnessing a soulful pop influence on ‘Selfish Lovers.’
BK Forever’s rapped verses are quite tactful as well, and they mark pretty drastic tonal shifts throughout the song. ‘Selfish Lovers’ seems to be broken into distinct segments. The terrific female sung pieces are suave, slick, and soft. The tight, eclectic beats surrounding them are subdued, allowing Andrade and Mooy to take the spotlight. When BK explodes into the soundscape, the synthesizers expand and create a cacophony of sound. This contrast in the song is enjoyable and welcome, since it creates a multi-faceted listening experience that pops back and forth between BK’s hip hop and the sung pop sections.
‘Selfish Lovers’ is impeccably produced, well performed, and the instrumentation is immensely creative. C.L. McCoy did an exceptionally fine job mixing and mastering the pursuit, and the wonderful collaboration between all of the parties was fruitful. Spin it below on SoundCloud and check out BK’s website and Twitter.