In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an artform that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“SumVibes” – Maki & Ceej
How We Found It:
Maki & Ceej have submitted a handful of songs to the CentralSauce portal at SubmitHub over the last week, ahead of their new mixtape, Something For Summer. Most of these submissions explored the warmest season through a lens not unlike that of R&B up-and-comer Mac Ayres, but some tracks ventured into harder-hitting hip-hop territory.
Why We Like It:
The essence of summer is an oft-sought quality. It’s the indescribable feeling that runs through some of the summer’s most indelible efforts – in my mind, Flower Boy, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, and Something To Feel all distill this ephemeral quality. “SumVibes” does the same, juxtaposing soaring vocals with laid-back drawl and pairing savvy songwriting with a sunny disposition. Ultimately, the track calls to mind the summers of years passed: the optimism of youth, the passionate entanglements, and the respite of a week away. A rose-tinted holiday coursing through your speakers – you’d be wise to take it!
From The Artist:
Our perfect idea of summer could be very simple, just every one of our friends and family members and everybody we love all together at once in the same spot just enjoying themselves, loving their life, not worried about a thing and only focusing on that very moment. Where everyone can be different and still be comfortable and feel equal.” – Maki & Ceej