The color sparks endless images and emotions, much like the vast instrumentation and melodies of JMSN’s newest effort, Blue Album. If you don’t know the genius that is JMSN, we are happy to introduce to you one of the great talents of soul music. JMSN is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/composer currently residing in Los Angeles who has featured on classic albums like good kid m.A.A.d city (you can hear him distinctly on “Sing About Me” at around 6:18), and made some unreal music and accompanying videos over the past few years.
For those of you who are already familiar with JMSN, his impeccable debut Priscilla, and follow-up Pllaje,
you are in for another treat. Blue Album is one of the best, most cohesive albums released in 2014.
On Blue Album, JMSN sings about relationships and personal struggles and stays true to his core multilayered R&B/Soul sound, through a mix of some more live instruments—the cymbals and snares never sounded so rock! The album’s intro, “My Way,” sounds like the musical lovechild of Jeff Buckley and Luther Vandross, in the greatest way possible. “Bout It” starts with just keyboards, hi-hats, and a lowkey harmony, and then peaks
with beautiful falsetto, more explosive drums, epic strings and an addictive vocal sample. On “Waves,” JMSN combines a groovy bass-line with some sick tropical vibes (that rattling drum in the background is almost as catchy as the hook!). The second half of the album is almost entirely made up of classic slow R&B jams with personal and apologetic lyrics; “Delay” is one of our favorites, by far.
JMSN's talent, quite literally, knows no bounds. His beautiful yet charismatic voice floats effortlessly from every note and melody in every track on this truly incredible opus. It's not hard to recognise that every single piece of Blue Album has been slaved over in search of musical perfection. We believe it will be a timeless classic.
The singles released prior to the album still hold up well after heavy play, too. The minimal “Street Sweeper” knocks in the whip and on an intimate date. The song touches JMSN’s obsession with a woman, and the remix featuring Fools Gold’s Freddie Gibbs delves deeper into the subject. “Ends (Money)” might be the most socially conscious song of the year, and is accompanied by another swooping hip-hop beat and a genius video that you must see.
Honestly, there’s not much else to say about this album. JMSN took his years of experience as a true artist and crafted a sonically superior album, and we’re beyond impressed. Though, unfortunately, Blue Album leaked about two months prior to its December 9 release date, that all you real music lovers (like us) will go out and support this amazing record and catch JMSN on tour soon!