With all of the great music that's been on my plate lately, it's sometimes hard to pick which ones I'm going to review, but that decision was made a whole lot easier this week thanks to Johnny Kulo. It's great to have this soul groover back at Get It Shared, especially with the choice cut that is "Loyal" from the artist's recently released Bloom EP. While the last track I featured was more in the jazzy lane, this new tune is far more R&B leaning. The slink beats and detailed bass line complement Johnny's persuasive voice which reflect that 90s R&B theme. I'm particularly impressed by the singer's falsetto, which comes through effortlessly in the chorus and contrasts nicely to the more middle-road verses. As per usual, the Berlin-based musician doesn't hold back on shameless revelations, but that's all the more reason to love this artist - he's authenticity through and through.
“This was one of those songs that didn’t take a lot from me in the studio to cut out. Another day, August Ingram and I just hit the studio, listening to records and passing around instruments, riffing off - I came up with the little guitar loop, and started humming what ended up becoming the hook. I was just talking stupid, talking about tryna stay loyal but having too many distractions in my lifestyle. The whole song was written as I was recording it, and initially I intended to just record the first idea so I can go away to write something ‘substantial’. But then I decided, fuck it, this is what I’m going thru right now and it’s expressed exactly in that way. Not every verse needs to be premeditated, sometimes it sounds less clever the more it’s polished you know?”