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 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).
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blkcory’s pick: ARDN
True confession here, I was probably told by 3 different people that ARDN was good and I just didn’t listen to his music. That all changed when I saw him perform at Isaiah Rashad’s concert a few weeks ago. I’m here to apologize because Edmonton’s got one and I didn’t know. Here are three songs that you should listen to from him (consider this my formal apology to the city).
“I don’t know if it’s me talking or the Crown and Casamigos
All I know we never talk on how we feel cause our egos”
This song stands out to me because of how ARDN switches between a melodic delivery to rapping. He shines doing both which was a nice surprise to hear live. You only get a song like this when you experiment and work on your sound. Plus the bars are relatable for most people. This is a record I can get behind.
“What if I told you that I really feel alone or something?
Other side greener, I can’t even seem to mow the lawn
What if my pain don’t go away back where I found it from?
But what if I only gotta wait until the morning come? “
To me, there’s Isaiah Rashad influence is all over this song but I’m cool with it. He still adds his own spin to it and personally, I like Isaiah Rashad’s music so the chances of me disliking this weren’t high. The content of this song is a lot deeper than some of his other songs and really shows that he can be multidimensional in his music and address different topics.
“Can’t imagine standing for nothing so what you live for?”
To me, this song emphasizes the importance of taking care of your people vs worrying about the accolades. How much do your wins mean to you if you can’t share them with the people who were there with you?
Again, I’m sorry fam. I did not know this guy was nice like this but I’ll make sure to keep watching for more of his work going forward. The 780 is getting in the mix!