If you like good singing, stop what you’re doing right now and download this EP.
San Diego representer Preston Harris, new to the world at large, is getting help from the big boys in getting his music now that he’s been signed to Hit-Boy’s label HS87. We’re treated to his first lengthy release in the form of an EP with the release of Love Crazy.
For such a young voice to be so unabashedly musical is quite refreshing. It’s the combination of his smooth voice and its tone, Hit-Boy’s production and guiding hand (especially on the title cut) and even the mixing with its meticulous layers, that makes this project stand out.
Who knows if the masses will react to it — Luke James’ album is still on the digital shelves collecting dust sadly — but Preston’s vibe is a bit different. While Luke goes for heartthrob status with his singles and music, Preston seems to eschew all that for the music. He’s very reminiscent of the oft-missed Tweet with a similar vibe musically and lyrically.
His plaintive pleas throughout the EP for love & commitment also come across as more honest and open than the average young male R&B artist on the charts these days. It akin to when Marvin Gaye sang lines such as “let’s get it on” or when Barry White sang “can’t get enough of your love” — you KNEW what they meant without them having to be so explicit. It’s something we need more of — great songwriting that trusts its audience’s inner lasciviousness blended with their desires for good music.
I hope he breaks through, but trust me, download this joint. It’s a solid listen. There’s textures, there’s musical changes, there’s vocals, and there’s quality production. All the things you should be looking for amongst today’s morass of “pop” & ratchet music.
Download & listen to the whole EP after the jump! What do you think of this?