Brent Faiyaz Debuts Visuals For “Gang Over Luv”

From his powerful solo work to his equally mesmerizing efforts as the frontman of Sonder (alongside producers Dpat and Atu), Brent Faiyaz is one of the most exciting voices in the current music scene. His prime songwriting and tender soul is channeled by a delicate falsetto, culminating in a timeless sound. Late last year, Brent unveiled his debut album Sonder Son, bridging both his projects together with a vivid snapshot of his life.

Today, Brent unveiled the first set of visuals from the album for the fan favorite “Gang Over Luv.” As director and close collaborator Noah Lee follows Brent roaming the streets, the track reminds us of the strength of having the right crew that’ll stay by your side on the rollercoaster of life. A soon-to-be crashed plane stands as an ode to the phoenix life cycle of our hopes and dreams—the ending might not be glamorous, but we always find a way to get back on our feet.

Check out the video for “Gang Over Luv” below and his new limited edition merch at his website.

Brent also teamed up with Tidal for “Voice of the Underground,” a documentary by Jack Dalton giving us a glimpse of the Sonder Son Tour.

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Here Are 10 Essential Tracks From 2017 You Need To Hear

As with every year, 2017 saw the rise of an innumerable amount of talented artists. From the explosive return of SZA to sweet debuts from GoldLink, Smino, and Sabrina Claudio, many received their well-deserved shine.

To help sift through the sea of newcomers and veterans alike, here are a few of our favorites from the past year:

Andy: While more commonly recognized for his production for artists including A$AP RockyRick Ross, and FutureChildish Major is continuing to climb the charts for his vocal work as well. I first came across the Atlanta artist when he teamed up with SZA and Isaiah Rashad on “Happy Birthday,” a track that would serve as one the lead singles from his recent WOO$AH project. “I Like You” pairs his fleeting verses with verses from 6LACK and DRAM, topped off with woozy production from Supah Mario.

Andy: As a member of the creative empire known as MSFTSrep¿Téo? weaves between bellowing croons and crisp verses. “Uno Dos” with Jaden Smith plays like an ominous Amélie soundtrack B-side with a fresh rap twist. Subtle guitar riffs and a steady pocket from Teo Halm carry the track forward as ¿Téo? and Jaden trade swift verses. Needless to say, this is one I’ve had on repeat for a while now and leaves me looking forward to more music from the MSFTSrep crew. – Andy

Jonah: IDK‘s IWASVERYBAD boasts a routinely self-reflective tone, delving into IDK’s life as he discusses love, youth, his relationship with his mother, and more; the Maryland rapper offers himself for examination as a microcosm of the industry that changed his life, challenging the voyeuristic obsession with the American “gangbanger.” These themes come to head in “Black Sheep, White Dove,” a glowing ode to IDK’s late mother that is a testament to his musical, lyrical, and emotional progression. Boasting a painfully melancholy hook, the track undergoes several evolutions that work in tandem with IDK’s ongoing reckoning with the past, searching within himself for acceptance and absolution. IDK poised on the edge, penning a powerful eulogy and proving himself a complex artist and person that does not fit within the two-dimensional chalk lines he refutes. – Jonah

Jonah: BROCKHAMPTON haven’t been out of the headlines since dropping the first Saturation. Three albums later, BROCKHAMPTON have attracted an ardent fan base and released some of the year’s finest music. Saturation III represents the culmination of the series, tying together themes and demonstrating the group’s growth over the course of the three installments. “BLEACH” stands as one of the album’s few unexpected collaborations; Ryan Beatty’s chorus is a bittersweet R&B falsetto that tinges the song with a mournful flavor as the Brockhampton boys combine with characteristic coordination. Each verse is very much a part of those surrounding it, gradually spiraling into the pitched murmurings that carry it towards its close and invite listeners to get lost in the track just as its creators did. – Jonah

Keenan: To say that Brent Faiyaz has had an incredible year would be an understatement. Besides singing one of the catchiest hooks I’ve ever heard on a Grammy nominated single, his Sonder (alongside producers Dpat and Atu) released their stellar project Into. To cap it all off, Faiyaz dropped his intensely personal debut album Sonder Son, perhaps my favorite album of the year. “Gang Over Luv” is one of my favorite cuts off the album, invoking a vivid youthful nostalgia. – Keenan

Keenan: For years now Sángo has made a name for himself by taking samples of Brazilian “baile funk” or “funk carioca,” flipping them with his own unique spin. “Conte a Todos” is Sángo at his best, combining hard hitting drums with an infectious melody impossible to stay still to. 2017 was the year I dove into the wave that Sángo has created in Brazil and beyong with “Conte a Todos” standing as one of the songs that dragged me in headfirst. – Keenan

Camille: With its mellow beat, bright keys, and smooth harmonies, Rejjie Snow‘s “PURPLE TUESDAY” featuring Joey Bada$$ and Jesse Boykins III presents a call for unity in the face of modern day struggles. – Camille

Camille: Produced by H.E.R. and MNEK, “2” illustrates a twisted tale of love, cheating, and revenge. The self-titled album was intended to allow “women to really feel how honest and vulnerable [she is] and to understand that they are not alone and that these are all human emotions.” – Camille

Andy: Ciscero has been killing it all year. From teaming with GoldLink on “Fall In Love” to the JULiA LEWiS-produced “Potential,” the DMV rep is steadily building his resume. j.robb flips the Mick Jenkins and BADBADNOTGOOD cover of “On The Map,” allowing Ciscero, Jay Prince, and Foggieraw to swoop in and create the perfect soundtrack for whipping around town. – Andy

Andy: Rayana Jay has an alluring voice and aura that allows her to reel in listeners with ease. As one of the true standouts from her Morning After EP, “Magic” recruits producer ROMderful for a disco- and funk-filled joyride. She shines over a whipping bassline with a classic call and response that culminates in an effortless jam that’s sure to have you grooving along. – Andy

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our Don’t Sleep playlist on Spotify.

 

Brent Faiyaz Is Here To Stay With ‘Sonder Son’

From his solo releases to his collaborative efforts with Dpat and Atu as SonderBrent Faiyaz has been busy at work all year. On the heels of Sonder’s first headlining tour, Brent returns with his debut Sonder Son album. Brent paints his life throughout the twelve tracks, channeled with his infectious croons. His unbound soul carries each song forward, backed by production from many frequent collaborators including Dpat, Atu, Loshendrix, and Paperboy Fabe.

If you’re not already, it’s never too late to get familiar with Brent Faiyaz. Stream Sonder Son and peep his upcoming tour dates below.

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Paper Boy Fabe Taps Brent Faiyaz For “Language”

When it comes to relationships, it’s not always easy to see eye to eye. Titled “Language,” Paper Boy Fabe‘s latest outing explores this idea of discontinuity with another. The Los Angeles artist recruits Brent Faiyaz, who’s been building his own fanbase with his sultry trio Sonder, to guide listeners on the emotional rollercoaster of love. Brent’s heavenly vocals sit seamlessly with Paperboy’s steady rhythms to carry the track forward, culminating in a smooth collab to vibe out to.

Stream “Language” below.

Sonder Explores Circle Of Life In “Too Fast” Video

Earlier this year, Sonder unveiled their breakout EP, Into. The trio composed of producers Dpat and Atu alongside lead singer Brent Faiyaz craft a refreshing sound in the current renaissance of R&B. The lead single from the project, titled “Too Fast,” recently received a cinematic set of visuals directed by Noah Lee which follow a young Faiyaz (played by Amir Legrone) as he soul searches across the plains. The video explores the circle of life in a beautifully-executed video with Faiyaz’s heart on his sleeve—literally. With a handful of sold-out shows already under their belt, expect Sonder to continue to grow in the near future.

Peep the video for “Too Fast” below.

GoldLink, Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy See Through Fakes In “Crew”

Following its release a few months ago, the GoldLinkBrent Faiyaz, and Shy Glizzy track just received a proper visual treatment. “Crew” features the three taking turns on the mic as they dodge groupies and wave riders to make room for the real ones. The team wastes no time in celebrating their accolades together, alongside cameos from the likes of Ciscero and the rest of the DMV squad.

Peep the video for “Crew” below. Also be sure to check out the debut EP from Sonder.

Sonder’s ‘Into’ EP Is A Major Dose Of Late Night Sultriness

Following their Victoria and Undone projectsSonder returns with their official debut Into EP. The supergroup composed of vocalist Brent Faiyaz and producers DPat and Atu join forces to deliver one hell of a sweet collection of sounds. The hazy atmosphere that carries throughout is fortified by Brent’s blissful voice and the duo’s steamy production. Stay tuned as Sonder continues to blossom with their seamless chemistry and bundles of soul.

Stream Into below.

GoldLink Recruits Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy For “Crew”

With “Fall in Love” and “Untitled” remaining in heavy rotation, GoldLink returns with a new track titled “Crew.” The squad-centric tune taps singer-songwriter Brent Faiyaz for a silky hook and Shy Glizzy for a confident verse. Wrapped up with GoldLink’s buttery flow and soulful production from Teddy Walton, this cut is sure to have you nodding along.

Stream “Crew” below.