People often stop me on the street and ask me, "Hey Nathan, how do you choose the music that makes it into "Holy Shit You Need to Hear This"? What's the formula?* And do you know what I tell them? First, I tell them it's creepy that they're approaching me like this, and then I tell them there is no formula. Holy Shit doesn't happen in the head, it happens in the gut, the bone marrow, the left ventricle. You can't be talked into it, hype can't make it happen, you have to feel it in your plums or you have nothing at all.
When I first heard Kaytranada and Anderson .Paak's "Glowed Up" a week ago it felt like it had potential, but I didn't want to jump the gun. Over the last week though I've spent more time listening to it than I've spent listening to my own daughter. (Don't judge me, let's see how long you make it through a 5-year-old's Octonauts episode recap.) This song's proven to be more addictive than Blue Magic, and so now I don't havy any hesitation in telling you to stop what you're doing and listen to this shit.
Like right now.
Can we talk about the way that bassline first hits? It rumbles around the inside of your ear drums and short circuits your temporal lobe, leaving you with no logical reasoning. And then there's that eerie horror-movie synth line hovering over it all, giving the beat a suspended top line that perfectly balances out the heaviness of the bottom. It's a master class in the less is more school of production, and we haven't even reached that supremely mellowed out switch at the halfway mark. I hadn't really paid attention before but now I'm throwing myself down the Kaytranada rabbit hole.
For his part, .Paak continues on his increasingly legendary run of simply having more style dripping out of his sinuses than most are capable of mustering in a lifetime. This is going right up there with my favorite .Paak performances in recent memory, right there alongside "Suede" and "The Season/Carry Me." You can't teach soul like this, and you can't program it with studio software. The man's "Glowed Up" personified.
Holy shit I can't stop listening to this song....
* This isn't a thing that actually happens.