Pass the Aux – March 2022

Pass the Aux, a series dedicated to amplifying new and upcoming musicians. We will get you up-to-date in discovering new music monthly to the point where your friends will ask you to “pass the aux!” The first Thursday of every month (except this month) consists of some of the members of dayfour choosing musicians to highlight. We will give you our thoughts, our feelings and our theories on those musicians (strictly from a consumer standpoint). 

*Have you got new music you want people to hear? Or perhaps you know someone that you think makes great music and just hasn’t had their big break? Make sure to follow us on IG and email links/information on new music to: hellodayfour@gmail.com. We’ll be reviewing all submissions and deciding to focus on someone new each month. 

blkcory’s pick: 451

To be real, I heard about 451 when I was checking FRVFRIDAY’s IG. If I wasn’t checking that, I might have missed 451 and he’s actually nice at this music ting dawg. If you’re comfortable with melodic autotune music (this isn’t a slight, I just know some people don’t like it), his latest projects are actually solid. He’s an artist out of London but his music carries an energy that I could see making him popular in Canada too. These might not be his best songs but I want to highlight a few specific songs of his that stood out to me from his discography.

Sierra 

This song is actually a solid intro to the vibe 451create on his latest project. It makes sense that this song has the same title as the project (“Sierra”). It’s like the soundtrack to a vulnerable, dark and moody late-night flex call. That call could have been with whoever Sierra is but it’s more so relatable in the sense that you can at least see someone you know moving like this. This is what those light night after the club conversations can sound like outside for real.

By Design 

This song almost felt like an interlude because of how short it is but I think it might honestly be my favourite song of his. It’s a bit toxic, but it’s hard. It’s pretty much the ideal situationship* song. Like a lot of us, this guy sounds like he’s listened to some Future and “Trilogy” Weeknd before, but he’s just putting his own spin on things. 

“Even though we both young and got time on our side
(Don’t you fall in love)
And don’t give it too much thought, ’cause it’s all a lie
(Don’t you fall in love)”

The Pure & The Damned 

“Sweet Tanya, loves it when I get vulnerable
Sweet Tanya, sweet Tanya
Innocent until the night
That’s when you like to come alive”

My guy really has a way of finding the problematic shorties man. This is like a late night track for the streets man. I’ve been trying to find the right way to explain this track but a late night track for the streets really sums it all up. If you’re happily married, this is probably not your song.

451 is definitely an artist I can see having success outside the UK. Even though he uses autotune, the accent isn’t honestly noticeable (not that it matter to me but it does to some) and his diction is really clear. He pronounces his words clearly so that you can always understand what he’s saying. I think people overlook how important that is with making long lasting music. The music that lasts is the music you can understand, regardless of the era. If you like the songs I’ve shared so far make sure to check out his projects “Sierra” and “Night Vision”. Lastly, be sure to follow him on IG too @wstside45.

Glossary:

Situationshipa relationship without a label where neither party really knows what’s going on

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