10 sensitive (and sometimes inappropriately sexual) grooves
Since The Internet welcomes all kinds of feelings, come find yourself in Sensi Sessions. Each Sensi Session offers a monthly roundup of music that's slightly sensitive; here you'll find music that goes from the vibe of Rich Homie Quan's "Type of Way" to deep thoughts in minimal dance music. Sensi is whatever you let it be, and this month's selection ranges from weirdo pop from Australian-born Martin King, Drake vs Jhené Aiko and a Le1f cut that goes extra deep.
R. Kelly — "Genius"
This is first on our list because when it comes to being sensitive and inappropriately sexual, R.Kelly always wins. From the cover art of a white bed to the title of his forthcoming album Black Panties, "Genius" assures everyone that Kelly is a sex god – "Tonight, you are lying with a sex genius." So beautiful.
Martin King — “I’ll Be”
Not much personal detail can be found on Martin King, except that this YouTube upload via Australian independent label Two Bright Lakes cites Arca, 2Chainz and Iggy Azalea as his influences. “I’ll Be” guides you through all of your senses with a steady hypnotic beat that matches the vibrant background colors of his cover art.
Kelela — "Enemy" (Prod. Nguzunguzu)
Kelela and FKA Twigs are basically goddesses running the R&B scene at the moment. This latest track, "Enemy", produced by Kelela's Fade to Mind labelmates Nguzunguzu, is industrialized with military synths as her voice menacingly speaks of heartache.
Drake — "From Time" Ft. Jhené Aiko
Ghostface Killah repeatedly calls Drake one of the softest rappers in the game and so what? Nothing Was The Same went for the emotional jugular on the Jhené Aiko collaboration "From Time", with its tender piano keys and Aiko's soft renditions of "I love me enough for the both of us".
SBTRKT — "IMO"
Although his production didn't make it on the Drake album, Jerome released a brand new track titled "IMO". It is an unmastered, unmixed and unplanned song; "just music i want to share" via his Twitter in memory of his brother.
Perera Elsewhere — "Bizarre"
As the first single off of Everlast (Oct 28th), the Berlin-based artist Perera recently released the music video for "Bizarre". She's one of the newest signees on Friends of Friends with a sound that's abstractly on the folk-pop stratum. Travel with her in these clippings of modern art.
Le1f — "Hush Bb" (Prod. Boody)
It was really difficult trying to decide which track from his latest Tree House to include here but after hearing the first couple sentences of "Hush Bb", everything was clear. New York rapper Le1f experimented with something a little different here, as instead of the usual sassy rap flow, he sings and whispers – opening with "you only hit me on Mondays, I think I get it you don't want me".
George Maple - "Grip" Ft. Kilo Kish & Kwe
Australian George Maple teamed up with New York's Kilo Kish and Pittsburg's Kwe for this track. From Maple's angelic confessions, Kilo's poetic chants to Kwe's minimal production, "Grip" sends a creeping shiver that pull you a bit closer.
James Blake ft. Chance The Rapper — "Life Round Here" (Remix)
One of many upcoming collaborations between James Blake and Chance The Rapper is a remix of "Life Round Here". This edit has an added verse from Chicago's most sensational rapper and his signature "aak"s. I have nothing else to say but yes, this is a real collab.
Road to Shaanxi — "Revelation"
A couple weeks ago, True Panther Sounds announced their new artist, Road to Shaanxi, and his debut EP. Road to Shaanxi stays anonymous under the propulsive instrumentals and as the visuals for "Revelation" takes you on a ride, the song becomes a self reflective journey.
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