Tag Archives: Ang Low

Ang Low – “Voodoo Woman”

5 Mar

Ang Low Voodoo Woman

When we last featured Ang Low just a handful of weeks ago, we noted how in just three fantastic tracks he was already showcasing quite the knack for musical and stylistic experimentation. Then last week, just to back up our point, he posted the final track from his forthcoming Life Goes Down EP and we’ve only just recovered.

He’d shown us R&B infused pop, sweaty sexiness and multi-layered choral vocals draped over evocative synths. None of which prepared us for the frenetic tribal energy of “Voodoo Woman”. It’s animalistic in its swiftness; the echoed vocal is covered in synths, drums and electro pulses like hunting time on the Serengeti. It doesn’t stalk its prey, it full on chases it down, and pelting along knowing full well it has the power and pace to take you down. Slowing only momentarily to restrategise, it whips along again in a blur before grabbing you by the heart and claiming you for its prize.

After four songs, four differing styles and sounds, four pieces of creative and musical fabulousness, Ang Low has already established himself as a force to be reckoned with. We know the EP is fantastic, you know the EP is fantastic, now we just have to wait a bit before we can go and buy it (*checks watch, drums fingers impatiently on the table*).

The ‘Life Goes Down’ EP is due for release on 31 March via Luv Luv Luv Records.

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Ang Low – “Win Back Your Love”

12 Feb

Ang Low Win Back Your Love

Whether there is a hidden PR machine crafting releases and hype behind the scenes or not, we do love it when an artist comes seemingly from nowhere to get us all in a stir. We don’t think there was some cigar chomping Hannibal, smiling and looking smug as the blog world went a bit goo-goo for the initial releases of Brooklyn art student Angelo Whitehead as his musical incarnation, Ang Low, but even if there was, who cares?

First the pop infused R&B sounds of ”Life Goes Down” and then the sweaty sexy sounds of ”Can’t Describe Her” won us all over and got us excited about what was coming next. Evidently they won a few fans at the uber-chic Luv Luv Luv records and what is next is his debut EP, Life Goes Down which they will be releasing on 31 March.

Continuing his experimentation with genre and styles, his new track “Win Back Your Love” is full of textures and rhythmic layers with reverential organ like synth sounds providing a stained-glass window backdrop to his pained and emotive lyrics. It’s an apology in prayer form where vocals heavy with regret, soar. They earn wings of hope and rise up with those cathedral synths to the congregation below, carrying out the gospel that it may be a battle, but love can endure.

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Listen: Ang Low – “Can’t Describe Her”

30 Sep

Ang Low Can't Describe Her

Brooklyn art student Angelo Whitehead has been causing something of a stir as his musical alter ego, Ang Low of late. It’s fair to say the internet has had its collective heart melted and its legs turned to jelly by his souful crooning and deliciously smooth, pop infused R’n’B. But that was with his first track, ”Life Goes Down”, and when we blogged that, we did note he was promising something a little different, a little more sexy for the follow up, and “Can’t Describe Her” is just that.

A rapid synth opening that puts us in mind of the beginning Bon Jovi’s “Runaway” kicks us off, but thankfully that is the only essence of hair metal to be found anywhere near this sexing-up-the-dancefloor-tune. The sweet, crooning falsetto is still here, the kind that the likes of Maxwell and D’Angelo would have begged for when trying to sing a sexy young lady back to theirs for coffee. But this isn’t a saccharine and schmaltz, everything I do kind of love song. Oh no, this is a bit more lay-you-down-and-sex-you-up.

The keys move throughout like feet pounding the pavement, purposeful and focused while the electronics fuzz and purr around it. The beat is masculine, rhythmic like two hearts pounding together and quickening due to physical exertion (you know what we are getting at here right?). It’s much more sexual, the coyness of an evening getting to know someone is over, and this is a tale of what comes next, the confidence that comes with being totally caught up in the moment and of being with that special someone.

You might want to get a cold shower ready for when you’re done listening.

“Can’t Describe Her” is out now and available on a pay what you like deal from Ang Low’s bandcamp page.

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Listen: Ang Low – “Life Goes Down”

13 Aug

Ang Low

This debut track from Ang Low (Angelo Whitehead) has been kicking around for a few weeks now and while the backlog of artists, tracks, videos etc that we want to feature continues to mount up, we just had to come back to it. The simple, heartfelt beauty of “Life Goes Down” has hooked us in and we can’t help but keep playing it.

The Brooklyn based art student and composer has vocals that are soft and mesmeric like a single candle flame, dripping over a smooth and soulful pop-R’n’B soundtrack. The track is as fragile as a heart enraptured with love, so dependent on the reciprocated energy of another to exist and swell, unrequited and the heart will break. “Life Goes Down“ is full of sentiment and affections like ”you’re too perfect to be true”, but the song aches like the wait for a phone call after a fight, the regret of not having one last kiss. It’s gorgeous.

A quick Google shows that Whitehead has been writing for a little while now but for a debut effort, this is nothing short of stunning. We can’t wait to hear what comes next, especially as he has promised it will be a change of pace and a bit sexier.

“Life Goes Down” is out now and available on a pay what you like deal from Ang Low’s bandcamp page.

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