Published Jun 08, 2016Signed to PMR Records in 2011, Bristol's Javeon has since made a name for himself as one of the UK's up-and-coming electro-soul artists. Considering he counts Craig David and Usher as two of his major influences, it comes as little to no surprise that his voice has long been compared to the likes of R. Kelly, but Javeon is far more than your average R&B artist: one could argue he represents the future of R&B.
His music is the perfect marriage of past and present, old and new, man and machine. Show Me Something pairs syrupy R&B with just the right amount of electronic glitch to elicit a twitch, striking a fine balance between warm vocals and cold electronics. From electro to drum & bass to dubstep, the young musician draws on a number of styles and genres to produce something truly fresh and modern. (Think the Weeknd's early mixtapes, but with more punch.)
To be fair, one should expect nothing less from a musician born and bred in Bristol, England. The city, whose population isn't quite half a million, qualifies as some kind of musical Wonder of the World at this point. It's long been known for its musical fecundity, and particularly as a hotbed for darkly seductive electronic music. We're talking the likes of Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead and Roni Size — many of whom directly inspired Javeon to write his own name into the city's rich musical history.
With Show Me Something, Javeon clearly shows he's ready to step up to the plate. The four-track EP oozes smooth lyrics and dizzying drum beats that lull the listener into a trancelike state. "Deepest Cut," probably the EP's classic R&B centre, stands out as a real treat — the listener can almost taste the honey as it pours from Javeon's mouth.
And yes, if you're wondering, it tastes pretty sweet. (PMR)