As a longtime friend and fan of poolboi blu, I’ve enjoyed seeing his growth as a songwriter, recording artist and performer, but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t admit that the foundation of my fandom is his production. My earliest exposure to his work (outside of the stellar and slept on cloudy w/ a chance, which he sang on and produced) were his beat tapes like potpourri., fine dining… & breathing. and Chocolat, but as he bridged over into the aforementioned cloudy era that transitioned into ANTSY, DIXIE and MASON (not to mention Rain of the Squids and a recent single run), I was preparing for poolboi blu to go full evolution into his version of a traditional recording artist. jubilee showed me he hadn’t lost his production chops, but the recent 318! drop is a remind to me (and everyone else) that poolboi blu is still dropping bangers that will work in your club and party mixes. Enough with my impromptu history lesson though… go check the single, run the numbers up, comment on the track for maximum engagement and share it around just because!
poolboi blu knows how important it is to keep pumping out new material, and for that new material to push your sound forward. Without growth, there’s no reason to keep up with the artists that we love and support. horseplay finds poolboi blu getting extremely comfortable with his sample usage over rhythms that are both upbeat and airy. Many of the samples are familiar and bring a smile to my face, but the way that they are mixed in gives them a haunting feel. horseplay is a good course adjustment after the extremely solid chocolat, and it is a good indicator of more positive output in the future.
One of my favorite local musical discoveries of the last few years is beatsmith Delano Taylor. I am not sure which quality this young man has more of… talent or humility. He is never hesitant to speak on his music, but Delano tends to speak on his output as if it were run of the mill. The beautiful thing about Chocolat is that these are songs that were initially ‘skipped over and neglected’, but together, they make a wonderful way to spend an hour of your life. caged bird sangs is a personal favorite of mine. Hopefully, I can offer my music video services to Delano in the near future and help visualize some of this ear candy he keeps doling out.