The Outlaw Collective – “Contain Myself”


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“Contain Myself” is a short but sweet stunner from The Outlaw Collective, a Brooklyn-based electronic group comprised of Cameron Outlaw (producer, drummer), Melanie Charles (vocals), Javi Santiago (keyboard/synths) and Mike Forzano (bass). The group initially formed as a more traditional jazz ensemble, later evolving into a group capable of stirring neo-soul soundscapes. “Contain Myself” is a stunner in that sense. I’m loving the exotic introduction with the tinge of jazz and funk over the mysterious synth pads. The soulful vocals – reminiscent of Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano – are perfectly implemented, with a sensuous hold over the track – yet without dominating the excellent vibes of the instrumentation, lush and actively moving in repetitively hypnotic form. It’s is as if Flying Lotus and Little Dragon teamed up with some Afro-pop vets to make an atmospherically intoxicating masterpiece. This is a job extremely well done by The Outlaw Collective, who seem to have a very promising future.

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Mike Mineo

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