Saturday, March 22, 2014

Alina Baraz | Paradise | Prod. By ESTA

Soft vocals and percussion that (literally) snaps. What a jam. No wonder it’s racked up over half a million plays.

Clearly, I’m not the only one paying attention to this guy.

Take a listen to Esta’s track titled “Paradise,” in collaboration with Alina Baraz.

Esta is more than just a Spanish pronoun.

He’s a guy from San Diego who has been making music with the LA-based Soulection label.

In that relative safety of the Internet, the whole genre of slow jamming R&B/hip hop has undergone a quiet mutation. Soulection is at the forefront of that change, with artists like Kaytranada and Mr. Carmack. Their songs are heavy on the low-end and Esta isn’t different in that regard.

He does strike a balance between sexy silk sheet music and R&B from a bygone era.

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