Truthfully, after listening to everything on Soundcloud from Majid Jordan, I can’t find a reason OVO Sound put more into PARTYNEXTDOOR than them. Don’t get me wrong, I like a selection of songs from his first EP from last year, but the latest? NAH. Production was great, but the jacked Rich Homie Quan/Migos flow with trash lyrics on Recognize is actually up for the most disappointing, lyrically and vocally underwhelming, track of the year, FURTHERING my confusion. Drake couldn’t even save that track for me.
Meanwhile, just over a week after it dropped, I gave A Place Like This a listen. OH. MAN. I’m mad at myself. How did this take an entire week for me to even stumble across let alone listen to?
I am truly disappointed in myself for not giving their first project, After Hours, a full listen LAST August. An embarrassment. My only excuse is that it was my moving week and I was driving up the East Coast listening to an incredible summer’s worth of music. A few tracks offer Daft Punk vibes and I was actually familiar with Hold Tight from random Soundcloud mixes. The piano intro on Patience is reminiscent of Drake’s, Fireworks, and the very smooth vocals are complimentary of the production (which is exactly the opposite of how I feel of the aforementioned PND track). However, the track that sealed the deal for me and required me to put you on to Majid Jordan has to be Chill Pad Deluxe.
I am really feeling guitar this summer and with a hint of Jamie XX, my heart dropped. And as the sucker for the lyrics and vocabulary that I am, to start the song “What are you doing? You making things seem convoluted. You taking simple and throwing it out the window.” Do you even know what convoluted means? Look it up. Regardless, later in the bridge (1:12 to be exact) I get Isley Brothers vibes and I’m done. I apologize for not taking a liking to them earlier. And you’re welcome.
Oh and I also came across a SPIN article where the boys are holding stemless wine glasses. Although I prefer their looks from the video, they’re a nice touch bbs. Stay classy Toronto. <3