In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form 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.
“Breathe Easy” Ft. Nora Maleh — Quintin Copper & Nas Mellow
How We Found It
Both having hailed from Essligen, Germany, the combination of wordsmith Nas Mellow and producer Quintin Copper was destined to form. Their debut single, “Breathe Easy” landed in our SubmitHub inbox and opened my eyes to the beautiful European jazz scene. The track features a friend of the group, Nora Maleh, and is the precursor to the upcoming April Dreams.
Why We Like It
When you watch an expert reveling in their craft, it often seems so effortless, so mesmerising. “Breathe Easy” fascinated me from the first listen as, like the title suggests, both Nas Mellow and Quintin Copper barely break a sweat. The construction of heartfelt, melodic, hypnotic jams is no trouble to them. This is what they do.
Their latest art piece is a tool for musical meditation, a call to drop the pace of your existence and surrender control to the song’s bpm. Without having to command you, “Breathe Easy” puts you under its spell before you can realise it. Each and every time I run this song back, I find my eyes closed by the end of it. Nas Mellow’s crooning, resting softly on punchy drums and detailed guitar plucks, leaves you so tuned into the experience you could pick apart the vibrations of each instrument individually.
It is difficult to remove this song from the context of being locked down and having the onus thrown onto you to be productive with no distractions. Whether that productivity is realised or not, the expectation comes with an omnipresent pressure. Alone in our heads, we assume the responsibilities that were never ours, and search for control over things that are simply out of our hands. Copper and Mellow came with a timely reminder to drop your shoulders, your anxiety, your ego and just breathe easy.
From Quintin Copper
We don’t intentionally do this, but our tracks do reflect the people who came before us. If we had to name artists who influenced us, we can symbolically name a few. Frank Ocean for the modern rnb vibes, Thundercat for the jazzy experimental pop, and also for chords with the bass, Max Graef for hip hop-influenced sampled house drums and Marvin Gaye as the grandfather of soul. These all come together in this track, too, looking at our over-rushed lives from a point of view closer to the ocean breezes.” – Quintin Copper for CentralSauce
More From Quintin Copper & Nas Mellow
Quintin and Nas are gearing up for the release of their collaborative album, April Dreams. Though “Breathe Easy” is their first collaborative track, Nas Mellow kicked off his solo work last year with “Cité 728,” linked below.
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