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Exclusive: Meet mysterious US producer Blackedout, and hear a diverse, reverential R&B mix

Blackedout is the pseudonym of a mysterious 20-year-old producer from the US northeast. His silky Soundcloud uploads layer yearning vocals sampled from the likes of Nelly Furtado, Rihanna and Waka Flocka with snatches of such staple 90s R&B sonic effects as trickling water, slow finger-clicks and birdsong. Unlike other producers’ “more is more” approach to samples, the soft-edged creations on his recent self-titled EP are disarmingly emotional, creating textured and soporific atmospheres centred around reverb-heavy bittersweet melodies that tug at the heartstrings.


Dazed Digital: What is it about the voices of female R&B musicians that appeals to you?

Blackedout: I like the timbre of their voice for R&B. I can’t stand girl rappers just because I think their voices sound weird, but I love how girls sound for R&B. I like some guys as well, like R Kelly and Marques Houston, but in general I much prefer women within that genre.

DD: Your music is rather dark and melancholic. Was this intentional? 

Blackedout: A lot of times that’s just how it turns out. I’m not really about the whole tortured artist thing, I just like to make music I’d want to listen to.

DD: Do you have an equal interest in modern R&B as well as the 90s artists who have been recently revisited in electronic music?

Blackedout: I still love the classics of course, but I don’t really care if a song or artist is from the 60s or now. There are plenty of modern R&B artists I enjoy... I love Drake and Trey Songz and T-Pain. I’ve listened to Late Nights with Jeremih more times than I’ve listened to any Supremes album.

DD: What's next?

Blackedout: Another EP and some shows. Pray for me.

Follow Blackedout on Twitter here @Blvckedout