Updated: 21 June 2018 Written by: Natalya Davies
“‘Drive Slow’ has the potential to be one of the most important Soul releases of the modern age”
FOR FANS OF: BRUNO MAJOR, JORDAN RAKEI, LEVEN KALI
There is a notion surrounding Soul that it is a dated genre, lost between the cracks of a past musical era, which can only truly be appreciated by those seeking a nostalgic fix (or pretentious musical hipsters). However, New York’s very own Soul child prodigy, Mac Ayres, proves that this is far from the case.
Debut EP ‘Drive Slow’ is not your average 21st Century bedroom-producer release, but a commendable and refreshing approach to a classic genre. From start to finish, ‘Drive Slow’ explores intriguing modern interpretations of Soul and R&B, blended with the young singer’s outstanding yet understated vocal capabilities, creating art worthy of high regard.
Opening track ‘Calvin’s Joint’ encompasses a minimalist trend mirrored throughout the EP, never a note or layer missing or seemingly out of place. One thing most compelling about Mac Ayres is the clear dismissal of the ego and bravado, that is seen so often within young artists, allowing his abilities to do the talking within his music.
And honestly… This record speaks.
While each track manages to reach entirely new strengths, ‘Slow Down’ is undeniably one of the strongest points of the collection. A combination of minimal yet contrasting textures, alongside soft yet infectious choruses shapes an unforgettable listen which is a struggle not to sing along to or get lost within.
“The musicianship displayed by Mac Ayres is deserving of exceptional appreciation”
‘Drive Slow’ has the potential to be one of the most important Soul releases of the modern age, due to its capacity to draw on nostalgic elements to deliver a revitalising sound to younger audiences. For a debut release, the musicianship displayed by Mac Ayres is deserving of exceptional appreciation by all that experience the pleasure of delving into such incredible craftsmanship.
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