Shai Nowell – “Sunkissed” (feat. Nai Br.xx)


“Sunkissed”, a new track from Shai Nowell, begins with a thumping bass, with suave vocals – from both vocalists – showing excellent melodic form in the verses. The transition around the one-minute mark gives off soulful vibes, enjoyably reminiscent to me of The Style Council. The gentle key caressing and clanking percussion provides a lush feel, one that plays well into the track’s second half at the two-minute mark. Here, both vocalists interchange lead roles over the serene keys, as the track’s instrumentation fades into a hypnotic lull, until only the keys remain. This is a lushly accomplished, well-produced track from an artist in Nowell – presently based in Atlanta – who seems poised to rise.

The track is off Nowell’s recently released Please Tame Me EP, which shows impressive songwriting and range. Stream it in full below:

“Sunkissed” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2018’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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