Malcolm Honey – “Walk on By”


A hooky delight, “Walk on By” infuses a suave pop sound with soulful R&B inclinations. Canadian artist Malcolm Honey already has one of the year’s catchiest tracks with this one. Slick guitar tones work around a prominent bass line bustle, the impressive production expanding with catching flourishes. In particular, the various vocal samples — from the soulful wordless croon to the punchy “ay!” — all work with a continuously entertaining charm. The song structure doesn’t depart significantly from the initial showing, though the successful elements — the grooving bass line, charismatic vocals, and hooky production effects — persistently entice replays.

“Walk on By” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2021’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Pop.

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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  1. I feel this song as if the artist had deliberately left some contrasting sounds in the song, a bit shrill; my opinion, and that he wanted to compose and play and insert the voice, in this way, deliberately playing it with these sounds, and with a voice that in parts could fit more clearly into the song: I remain listening to him, with a regret I would have liked to intervene on the song, but I would have transformed what the artist wanted to express through his work. That’s okay! You feel the skill of the artist.

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