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glue70 – Stay

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Jonathan Robinson

30.8.2020

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Shuffling lo-fi beats. Soulful vocalisations and delivery. The contemporary song writing of Stay mimics minimalist composition and stands out from its peers with a more developed song structure.

Stay

The track opens with a simplified form of the main hook. Repeated lines laden with harmonic introduce the work. Organ tones creep in to pad out the harmonic texture, before the main body of the track is present.

The repeated motif is accompanied by a smooth shuffling beat. Somewhere between typical lo-fi outings and Kevin Parker works. Small variations keep this main section feeling organic and with some development. The occasional pull in timing trips the simple repetition and provides a complexity to the beats’ familiarity.

The distinct colour of the jazz-influenced chordal work is key to the feel of the track. A smooth kind of melancholy that revels in its own depth. Filtered piano voicings support the pads and the falling cadential melodies.

More vocal-led sections occasionally appear with further lyricism. The effected vocals and decorated delivery recall moments of Frank Ocean’s more playful performances.

The track plays itself out with the inclusion of a gentle trumpet solo. Further reinforcing the jazz influence on the track. The carefully articulated melodic work serves as a moody closer and solidifies everything the track had established.

  • Overall rating: 8.5/10
  • Pairs well with: The Slow Rush – Tame Impala

glue70

“glue70 is a Manchester based Electronic producer, crafting bass heavy beats with punchy, energetic drums and potent melodies.

Years spent in the visual arts have woven a visceral thread of soft-focus ‘80s nostalgia into glue70’s music; the result is wistful, introspective and undoubtedly human lo-fi breaks. Through improvisation, silken vocals and loop-based music creation, glue70’s deceptively minimal sound flits from house to hip-hop and jazz to disco in inimitably chill fashion.”

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