Edenn releases new Single
I’ve been a glutton for electronica most of my life. It’s that fickle genre that some people like to rip on for being almost completely digitally-engineered, but I’ve always defended it as more complex, more calculated than the average casual music fan could really understand or properly appreciate. The most erudite of electronica’s many scenes that scatter across the entire globe is the collective world of European house music, which is not only the most diverse collection of artists anywhere on planet earth in my personal opinion, but also the most enigmatic and reclusive. Yes, there have been enormously successful entertainers to come out of the Euro circuit, but it’s the tens of thousands who have remained in obscurity that serve as the real cream of the crop in this genre. And while Parisian melodic hip-hop artist Edenn doesn’t go all out on the synth and sample front with his new song “Thinking,” if you’re a student of the electronica gods, it’s practically impossible not to see the effect his geographical surroundings have had on him.
Edenn moved to Belgium back in 2018 and is now an established journalist and multi-faceted artist living in Paris. During his time on the continent he’s expended a lot of energy constructing a unique approach to tonality that isn’t the most common for western-stylized R&B singers. But that’s where things get interesting, you see. I have this theory that Edenn doesn’t consider himself an R&B singer, at least not entirely. There’s such a myriad of tones and sharp percussive explosions that indicate to me that he’s much more interested in making avant-garde pop that doesn’t fit into any category other than experimental.
If I’m right, here’s how all of that works out in the benefit of urban music and electronica equally. For one, Edenn will not only be regarded as a champion of the underground who responsibly used the most DIY means available to him to bring experimental pop infused with R&B into the mainstream, but he’ll be in the perfect position to be the face of R&B as the transition of power takes place over the next half decade. When things change, and they always do, they tend to change for the better when the right minds are given the task of taking charge over the masses and guiding them into the safety of the future.
None of this means an insular future for R&B or the death of yet another corner of underground music. What it does mean is that we’re moving forward in pop culture, and love songs that are progressively styled in the vein of “Thinking” are a lot more exhilarating than one that are steeped in tired, recycled drum beats and tracks “featuring” appearances by cheap, sound alike colleagues that do little more to add to a track than put their name in the credits list on the back of the album. If the future is now and this is what it sounds like, then I have no idea know we waited so long to make this move into it.
Listen to single: edennmusic.com/music