From the second “Never Complaining” starts, I feel like I’m transported back to my teen years in the early/mid-90’s. I used to race home from school to catch Rap City on BET, where I could indulge in all best The Golden Age had to offer. I didn’t like R&B nearly as much as hip hop, but I’d often keep watching when Rap City finished and ended up falling madly in love with the music of Aaron Hall, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, Al B. Sure, and the list goes on.
It always was a bit of a guilty pleasure until I realized it was the one style of music that didn’t get annoying to me at a certain point. Those songs work for me in any mood, which is why I’m so grateful to have found this fantastic track from Tom Aspaul. This song just works on all levels. It looks back to a classic time stylistically, but still sounds very relevant, modern and innovative. It has a smart pop appeal to it, but drips with soulful R&B tones and inflections. And it just sounds like a song I’d play right after leaving somewhere. You know what I mean? I love leaving places, even though I also love hanging out with people. But there’s just something inherently exciting about leaving somewhere and knowing that I’m going home. I always save my favorite songs of the moment to play when I’m leaving somewhere, it just sets the mood right and makes me feel good to be alive. This is definitely one of those songs.
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