Sunday, January 18, 2015

"Did it Ever Occur That You Forgave Yourself Before I Did"

Remember when Kid Cudi first made a huge splash with his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day? At the time, his mix of lyrical skills and roller coaster emotions made his music accessible to so many people. But it wasn't solely the lyrics and vocal delivery that allowed his music to stand out. Looking back, all of my favorite tracks (Soundtrack to My Life, Cudi Zone, Solo Dolo) on his debut were produced by the largely unheralded, but extremely talented Emile Haynie.

Sometimes it's hard to discern whether the success of a song is due to the artist or producer. The great thing about Emile's new single, A Kiss Goodbye, is that it allows the listener to have a more informed opinion on his ability as a producer. With the help of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Devonté Hynes and Sampha, he concocted a beautiful symphony of somber. If you aren't reminded of Cudi's music by listening to the track below then you have some serious familiarity holes in his discography.

The best part about it is that Emile made two different versions of his single, an original and a dub-flavored reprise. For the life of me, I can't figure out which one I like more, but I appreciate the depth and power of reminiscence they provided me...#AKissGoodbye

Emile Haynie feat Charlotte Gainsbourg, Devonté Hynes and Sampha - A Kiss Goodbye



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