Coming from Los Angeles, 25-year-old and R&B rising star Miguel has recently released the third and final ep from his Art Dealer Chic series and it confirms what we were already suspecting from previous volumes: for everyone out there missing new D’Angelo material (something which we, at A First Class Riot, have been waiting for too long but is still yet to happen…), Miguel is turning up to be our saviour. With a bag of cutting-edge sonic tricks and a healthy-dose of risk-taking futuristic experimentalism, there’s also a sense of classicism that elevates the nine songs from these 3 ep’s above the standard R&B production of today, also in part due to a very wise use of every element involved, which means that any superfluous and unnecessary sound is cut from the mix.
Like the seminal Voodoo from the aforementioned D’Angelo, subtlety is mostly the word in here, every sparse sound and word designed to reach maximum impact on its own, thus transforming each song into something quite deep and unique – and that’s the same reason why we won’t blame anyone if Prince also crosses some minds when hearing these ep’s. Whatever the inspiration, these means each feeling he communicates becomes more powerful, whether he’s crooning about sex, thirst for success, sex, personal insecurities or yet more sex.
Yes, you guessed it, Miguel sings a lot about sex… He’s not afraid to be too personal and expose himself to the world, but he does it with a fresh and uncompromised attitude, as a common guy like us, with his own internal-conflicts and horny most of the time. Considering the very-high quality of the resulting songs, that’s something we can only salute.
The 3 ep’s are available for free here, so do yourself a favour and improve your life by downloading it right away. (7,5/10)