Whether it’s on a macro scale or micro scale, it’s always exciting to watch the growth of an artist in realtime. There’s something so gratifying about tracking their creative energy as it evolves from a raw state into a focused vision that has the potential to make an impact on those who interact with their art. I’m experiencing that exact process with Lui Peng, an artist who I covered just over a month ago via his single “Nocturnal”, a cut where a singer-songwriter ethos and hip-hop sensibilities collided. On his fresh offering “What To Say”, the rising talent delivers a sound that’s simultaneously more infectious and introspective through a new lens.
While there was a slight division between the blend of musical elements on “Nocturnal”, Peng’s newest is a wholly natural blend of electronic and r&b elements that operate as one utterly smooth entity. As Peng croons “You know what to say to me make me feel like it’s real, when I’m feeling love”, the transition from minimal production to a gorgeous surge of percussion and wavy vocal sample just feels right. In the span of a month, Peng has gone from finding his footing as a genre-bending artist to delivering a seamless fusion that feels outright instinctive. Time to sit back and continue enjoying Peng’s inevitable evolution.