Ratchet-Shamir (XL Recordings)

Shamir possesses a unique voice that has been commended for its chameleonic ability to adapt to the surroundings. With a setting of Las Vegas, Shamir exposes both sides of the city with beautiful ballads and dance hall jams. Overall, the album flips between both sides of the coin but this album holds more weight in the ballads that expose Shamir’s voice without a peppy beat to carry it; his voice shines during these moments and shows a lot of soul in this young pop singer. The ballads are rooted in R&B but dip their feet in country and other genres. The peppy songs are the ones that stick with you with a sweeter than sugar sound with energy brimming from every snare hit.

TRACKS: 2,4,3,6,8,10

FCC: 3 (On the Regular, I’d suggest finding a clean version because this song is a definite highlight)

RIYL: Hot Chip, Talking Heads (Remain in Light), Young Fathers

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