Noshows + AUD – “Slow Up”


“Slow Up” is a melodic collaboration from NYC act Noshows and Los Angeles-based rapper AUD. The track is written and produced by Noshows’ Max Satow, who champions mental health causes with his founding of Magnify the Mind, a community that aims to help youth and others navigate anxiety via music and community pop-up events.

Funky guitars and synth warbles drives into suave vocal engrossment. “Everyone moving too fast, too slow,” the vocals let out, lamenting a sort of relatable anxiety with anxiety-soothing mantras like “chill out, what goes up must come down.” The ensuing aim — “let’s come back to the ground now,” — complements the funk-minded pop production well.

AUD’s captivating hip-hop entry struts a self-confidence amidst tender guitars: “See! I ain’t got time to waste, ‘cuz I am AUD… always groovin’ in my own space.” “Slow Up” dazzles in its dynamic production between funky pop and charismatic hip-hop. A moody, brass-tinted flavor leads a riveting finale to this stellar track.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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