Songwriter/producer Phil Beaudreau has been blowing up my inbox in a very good way lately. Beaudreau has crafted songs with Dr. Dre, The Game and Travis Barker, but recently he has been working on his own debut EP with producer Dawuan Parker (Snoop Dogg “Imagine”, T.I. “Why U Wanna”).
Early leaks from his EP titled Ether showcase Beaudreau’s engaging vocals on tracks that balance hip-hop with the evolution of soul (see The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, JT). “Take It High” stirs with stuttering percussion with a swirling sample, while “Buried Alive” utilizes keys to structure the emotion of the track with paced drumming reminiscent of ‘Yeezy’s “Amazing”. My current favorite “This Is Why” allows Beaudreau’s vocals to breathe as horns float in and out among the compelling narrative on human existence. Stream 3 tracks below and look out for Ether soon.