5@5: A morning playlist featuring Val Fleury, Matthew Frederick, and more

This 5@5 morning playlist consists of Val Fleury, Hadj, Matthew Frederick, and more.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Val Fleury
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

CHANEY – Let U Know (Submission)

It’s six o’clock in the morning. When “Let U Know” by CHANEY cues, you’re going to wake up. There are words that you’ll try to make out in your tranquil state. If you’re nosy, you will not be able to help yourselves. In the video, a strange man dressed to take on the weather is bound to make you uncomfortable. In every scene, the creep is near. At a window or glass, doing the unimaginable. I’m unsure how the British artist didn’t lose his cool in the video, but it is admirable.

Moreover, I thought its inspiration came from a dream. It did not. It comes from a non-fictional news headline.

Val Fleury – White Winter (Submission)

In a short, attractive treatment, Liberian-American producer Val Fleury shows off her sense of style, attractiveness, and skills. “White Winter” is easily a track to make you want to live life. As I can picture the Funky Deep-House track at the club, it is also a great alarm sound. It’s brief enough.

Royal-T – On What (Submission)

Music isn’t deep all the time, and that’s alright. Sometimes, it is meant to inspire movement only. That’s what I get from Royal-T’s “On What”. His Southern vocals are in line with a danceable instrumental. What does that mean? Personally, I could hear it playing out of an obnoxious person’s vehicle during morning school hours.

For good measure, he’s sipping that Red Bull. It’ll give you wings and shit.

Hadj – Euphoria featuring NBDMG & SELFISH SZN (Submission)

If you’re the type to ease out of your sleep, Hadj’s “Euphoria” is the one for you. This Atlanta-based recording artist opened for Tory Lanez in 2015 (SWAVE Nation) in Denver, so he understands what it takes to keep the people engaged. Personally, I like his (and everyone else’s) voice, so I wouldn’t mind telling a friend or more about the young and eager musician.

LLgL TNdR – Enormous (Submission)

No disrespect to anyone else in my 5@5 playlist, but I would play “Enormous” repeatedly because it’s my normal listening tempo. When I first heard it, it reminded me of that Gorillaz track that he made with Del the Funky Homosapien (“Clint Eastwood”). I am enamoured. Check them out.

Matthew Frederick – You’ll Always Be My Girl (Submission) (Bonus)

Certain titles trigger me. It’s because of the sort of relationship I ended last year. However, it doesn’t take away from the sincerity of Matthew Frederick’s outstanding song. Benjamin Mason wrote a captivating song for the South Wales singer-songwriter, composer and television broadcaster. Elton John and Billy Joel inspire him. I can hear it. Most especially within the piano work.

Written by Richardine Bartee

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