I was first introduced to Solomon Vaughn aka Boonie Mayfield way back in 2015. A lot has happened in the world since, so I was interested to hear how the artist evolved over the last seven years on his release BLACK FLOYD.
The artist explains that “Working on this album the past three years was a life-changing experience. Externally, I found my sound. Internally, I found myself. This album is a culmination of the past few years of my life and how I’ve felt about a lot of different things. Social media. Racism. Mental health. Spirituality. Love. Ambition. And continuing to follow my heart.”
As an artist myself I understand that feeling when your inner heart really starts to align with the art you’re making. Things start to click and you usually hope that listeners will pick up on this.
The artist does mention like minded artists such as Andre 3000, Pink Floyd, Bootsy Collins/Funkadelic, The Beatles, Prince, J Dilla and D’Angelo. This is a versatile and diverse array of artists but it makes sense when you listen.
The album gets going with “Intro (The Bigger Picture) [feat. Revanon] and this seems to be a spoken word piece about himself from a third person perspective. Interesting way to start. The album starts to move with “Bootsy Collins (All Day)” and there’s a lot to appreciate here. I loved the background vocals that just repeated “Bootsy Collins” which made me chuckle. The hook is great and the song is a down tempo song with chill and relaxing vibes.
On “The Doubt Monster (Wherever I Go)” the song is a slow burn with darker tones and colors. The song growls with eruptions of distortion and a slick beat. There’s also well done breakdowns. The song is soulful and D’Angelo did seem to be an influence on this song. “Dream a Mile High” as well as “While Black (Red Light, Blue Light, E’s and R’s)” had a similar BPM and energy. There’s a lot to appreciate from the piano and vocals to soulful healing energy.
“Bass’d on a Birdwatcher (Make It Better)” was spacious with no beat and it was more experimental. The vocals have a lot of room over a dark soundscape with bass filling in the melodies.
As the album progresses I thought there were some particular songs to take note of. The more rock based “The Self Made Era” had a different vocal style where he sings intensely. I liked the variation. One of my personal favorites was “Upside Johead” which contained memorable vocal melodies and a hard hitting beat with fuzzy bass while “Whatchagonnadoo” is a silky and smooth R&B based song.
This was a great album. I did want maybe one or two more songs with a faster BPM to change up the energy but overall this was very cohesive and seamless. The songs were well written and the production and songwriting is top notch.
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