So this year my attitude was pretty bleh towards the solo male ‘vocalist’ putting out music. Although a lot of folks went banana’s for Trey Songs and Usher, my ears just weren’t feeling what was deemed by the commercial media as ‘most popular’.
However, my ears did stumble upon two male vocalists that most people probably never heard of but who I am digging immensely. They are Jai Paul out of London and Outputmessage from DC.
Respectively, both Output and Jai brought a distinct innovation to the sounds that they created and although chances are their music will probably never see the light of terrestrial radio (which in my opinion isn’t a bad thing at all), they both deserve to be recognized for their ability to excellently go against the commercial music norm. Peep them out below.
Name: Jail Paul
Label: XL Recordings
Hot Track: “BTSTU”
Deets: Not much is known about the UK’s uber mysterious Jail Paul. He quietly released ONE song via his Myspace page in the earlier part of 2010 – and that one song rapidly spread like an indie wildfire. The underground popularity of “BTSTU” led to a recent signing on XL Recordings, home to artists such as Adele, M.I.A., The xx, Beck, Gil Scott Heron and The White Stripes (to name an illustrious few). Jai has been hinting that he will finally drop new tunes in 2011 and from the sneak peeks I’ve come across, these new tunes are destined to be even hotter than “BTSTU”.
Name: Outputmessage (AKA Bernard Farley)
Title: Artist/Producer/DJ/Musician/Record Label Owner
Reppin’: DC (by way of Queens, NY)
Label: Ouput Noise Records
Hot Track: N.Y.R
Deets: Not too many producers can impressively transition into the role of ‘vocal artist’. But Outputmessage did so with an effortlessly ease – making him one of our favorite male vocalists in 2010. Autonomous is the name of his latest album, and it is a must-listen for any serious EDM fan. If you’re not an EDM fan just take one listen to “N.Y.R” and that will probably change immediately. It is a song that I consider to be electro/pop-perfection and Outputmessage proved that his music skills which looks great on paper – sounds even better in headphones.