SoulTracks 10 Gems: Lucky Daye

Album art courtesy of RCA Records

June 1, 2021 — Welcome back to 10 Gems, our series featuring 10-song, single-artist playlists that we think may especially appeal to SoulTrackers. The focus here is not on track position or “hits,” although some are included; rather, it’s all about quality, atmospherics, groove and feel. This week we feature the gifted artist, Lucky Daye.

June 1, 2021 — Welcome back to 10 Gems, our series featuring 10-song, single-artist playlists that we think may especially appeal to SoulTrackers. The focus here is not on track position or “hits,” although some are included; rather, it’s all about quality, atmospherics, groove and feel. This week we feature the gifted artist, Lucky Daye.

Daye hit the ground running in 2018 with his first single “Roll Some Mo” and very quickly established himself as one of the best of the new generation of R&B/soul artists. As a singer/songwriter, the man has it all: a real ear for melody, a compelling, textured and elastic voice, and the ability to craft beautifully-layered tracks with roots firmly planted in classic R&B but branches that extend out into the future. His tracks respect the history of the genre but are not limited by it. His singing, in particular, which can be effortlessly muscular and defiant or soft and expressive, is clearly influenced by the rhythms of hip hop and is all the better for it. He also has an especially “arresting” way with a ballad: When he launches into one, you have no choice but to stop what you’re doing and give it your full attention. His is a prodigious new talent. Enjoy.

By Robb Patryk

 

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