Raury - Indigo Child EP

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Over the course of 2014, buzz has rapidly grown around Raury, an 18-year-old singer/songwriter with a taste for straw hats. If a photo that recently surfaced is any indication, Kanye even seems to be jumping on his bandwagon. The hype is rendered even more remarkable when you realize we've only heard a handful of songs from him to date.

Riding high off the massive response to singles "God's Whisper" and "Cigarette Song," the artist is preparing to take his budding career to the next level with the release of his Indigo Child EP. Raury is the sole vocalist on the set, which he produces in collaboration with Daytrip.

Upon Indigo Child's August 25, release for free download via Raury's official site, fans will be able to log in and take part in a game that will lead to unlocking the project in its entirety.

Indigo Child EP Album Review

Music is more than just music. Music is a marker in time. I use songs and albums the way people use photos. I have memories and relationships with certain music based on who I was when it influenced me. For example, College Dropout represents the first few months when I got my driver’s license. While it is impossible to have that relationship with a project that has been out for mere days, Indigo Child did bring back some memories of albums that are personal classics. I am not comparing Indigo Child to these great albums - I tend to shy away from comparing artists or projects - but it means something when I listen to Indigo Child and hear shades of some great pieces of music from Rockville Pike voyages past.

For example, The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik. I used to listen to "Power Of Equality" racing down the Pike and I'm pretty sure, "Suck My Kiss" was playing when I bumped into the Circuit City parking garage (it was my second day with a license, cut me some slack). I had completely forgotten about these moments, but when "Chariots Of Fire" was playing, coincidentally as I passed by the same garage, the memories came flooding back. I attribute the memories to the way Raury blends a little bit of funk with some edgy, grungy rock. The way Blood Sugar Sex Magik makes my nod me head and want to punch a hole in the wall at the same time, that’s the same feeling I get with "Chariots".

Years after Blood Sugar Sex Magic, I remember sitting in Rockville Pike traffic, coming home from work. The only way to keep my sanity was to chill out with some Channel Orange. Frank Ocean's laid-back summery vibes thwarted several road rage-induced arrests. Again, while not exactly like Channel Orange, between the voicemails, the subtle R&B influence, and one song in particular, "Superfly", Indigo Child left me with that same sense of calm and sense of ease. Maybe it's the simple, airy production, or maybe it's the way he effortlessly switches between soft crooning and a talk-rapped flow, but regardless, I was reminded of Channel Orange.

Read the full Indigo Child review: Driving Through My Life With Raury’s “Indigo Child” Album (Review)

DJBooth Rating - 4 Spins

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