Best known (in my world, at least) for his excellent reworkings of The Weeknd’s mixtape work some time ago, Sango’s now preparing to step away from that remixer tag and break out with some original works, notably his recently-released North album.
His remixes of The Weeknd’s work showed a clear interest in, and talent with, dark R&B-style productions. That sensibility comes to the fore here, as he serves up an atmospheric, moody production that most in the alt R&B scene would be rather proud of- the blend of bassy percussion, airy synths and crisp claps is as minimal as you like, and yet each is delivered at such an intensity that they completely fill out every available corner of the sound wall. Combine those factors with JMSN’s own penchant for dark productions, and on paper you’ve got a collaboration that should work perfectly. It bloody well does too. JMSN’s pleading tone adds bags of emotion to the cold, nighttime production, filling it with a realism and warmth that works smoothly with the beat’s natural forlorn, reflective qualities, whilst the intensity of the performance matches up well with the powerful production.
A hugely successful collaboration, and be sure to grab it on that album now.