Los Angeles radio has been playing Bay area native Adrian Marcel’s new breakout single “2AM.” a lot, and it entered my consciousness and stayed there after a few listens. The Raphael Saadiq protégé has the chops to stand next in line to such peers as Miguel and Mack Wilds in the R&B scene in my opinion.
With a smoothed out intro to kick the song off, Adrian Marcel starts off balancing the braggadocio with a solid heaping of smooth tone, drawing you in. He’s young to whit, but his musical soul feels a bit older with this offering. That might be due to his mentor’s influence.
It’s an ode to late night texting when you’re leaving a club, drunk, and looking for some action. The addition of Sage the Gemini makes me continuously lament that artists feel the need to have an unneeded 16 bars for their radio single, but it isn’t that much of a distraction.
There’s a great heaping of melody on that hook as well, and it’s really at the end of the song with the copious ad-libs where you can hear Adrian’s voice unfurl a bit.
This joint is smooth for riding home after a long night of ratchet music. Let’s consider it “ratchet turn down” music, shall we? I’m looking forward to seeing if Adrian’s future offerings can be as balanced as this one. Embracing the ratchet without the sacrifice of R&B. Let’s hope. Hopefully he sounds as good live…but you know how that goes.