You never know what to expect from consummate artist Novel, except the unexpected. The first we heard from his upcoming Legato Blues Summer Mixtape was the gospel-infused State of Loneliness, followed by the bedroom burner Red Light, and now? Now we’re being hit off with the quasi-philosophical What If, an eclectically produced track (by Novel himself, of course) that seemingly draws from influences ranging from classic soul to reggae. While Novel steps into the booth to sing and, yes, rap a bit about how life might have been oh-so-different if the situations surrounding he and a certain female were just a little different, Tweet (who’s continuing her comeback with skill after Love Again) also jumps on board for some supremely smooth harmonies. What If Novel had never started making music? Thankfully, we’ll never have to find out the answer to that question. So, will Legato Blues Summer contain a punk rock track? An opera? From what we’re heard so far, I wouldn’t rule anything out. We’ll find out for sure when the project finally drops …“soon.”
Written by Nathan S. on 07/19/10
First DJ Booth Appearance:
"Fighters (Remix) ft. Joell Ortiz" (2008)
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