New Music: Graham Knox – Dollar

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Alex Goose does it again.

If you don’t know by now, Alex is one of my favorite producers, not just because of his consistent output, but also because he’s one of the most versatile beat makers on the planet right now. He’s worked with hip-hop (Danny Swain), Rock and Indie (US Royalty and Jake Troth), and R&B (Brittany Bosco).

But his latest track, Dollar, is my new favorite, and LA singer (via ATL) Graham Knox, skillfully plays with her vocals, complimenting the stripped down palate of percussion. The result is a complex, yet very simple combination, and one of the most unique sounds I’ve heard all year. On top of that add a sultry video of the beautiful Ms. Knox walking through the California desert and you have a more than winning combination.

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A little background:

When I was little, my mother always made sure I left the house with a dollar in my pocket. Back then, it meant I could buy a piece of Bubble Yum, and call her from a pay phone if I was stranded in the middle of nowhere. It was my way out of an impossible situation. The song Dollar is one of solidarity, independence, and knowing that in spite of the most dire of circumstances, that a “dollar in your pocket” is going to save your ass.

This track has been on repeat status since the weekend, and it’s easy to tell why. In a world of cookie cutter R&B, artists like Knox and producers like Alex stand out above the crowd.