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.
“5 A.M.” by REMI
How We Found It:
Our Submissions Portal received REMI’s music for the first time when he sent “5 A.M.” our way. With the help of producer Sensible J and vocalist Whosane, REMI impressed with his unique take on hip-hop and RnB. “5 A.M.” is the first single the New Zealander has released since his 2018 EP Black Hole Sun.
Why We Like It:
“5 A.M.” shows REMI with mastery over the manipulation of his sonic environment. The song opens with a rhythmic, while odd, drum pattern, a feeling that is only further amplified by REMI’s staggered delivery. This is before all the instrumentation falls into a serotonin-inducing groove as some synthesised chords sweep into the soundscape, and with it, REMI switches his delivery to introduce an ice-melting hook. The catchy melodies are not limited to the bridges and hook, but seep into REMI’s verses also. While rapping, REMI refuses to bend to the narrative of the track. Instead of telling a plain story and letting the instrumental and hook carry him, REMI’s verses are full to the brim with character, infectious delivery and clever turns of phrase. “5 A.M.” is unique and without a dull second.
From the Artist:
I wrote 5 A.M. when I was locked in the house for a couple of days with the flu. I guess I was trying to get all the shit out of my body because my mind wandered to a toxic past relationship and I needed to write about it. I hadn’t dealt with many parts of it, so there was a lot of real time processing before I could properly articulate the whole situation.
Sensible J, with the help of Silent J, had already created the perfect beat-scape for me to vent over. When I finished writing, I felt like we needed some different energy. My brother Whosane has always been one of my favourite people to work with. One of my favourite albums growing up was Tha Eastsidaz record presented by Snoop Dogg. I loved how people would just come in and out randomly, creating hooks inside of verses and bringing different styles to keep the music moving. That was the intention behind getting him in.” – REMI for CentralSauce