Published Jul 29, 2016It's not everyday you get a DM from Drake's longtime producer Noah "40" Shebib asking to hear your music, but for Parisian producer Steven Vidal, a.k.a. Stwo (pronounced "stew"), it was only the beginning. Fast forward to present day, and the 24-year-old producer has his first-ever production credit for "Weston Roads Flows" off Drizzy's VIEWS and a brand new EP.
To get a sense of Stwo's style, you only have to look to the company he keeps. Aside from his connections to Drake's inner circle of alt-R&B demigods, Stwo is managed by WRC Management, the same company whose roster includes the likes of Kaytranada, Pomo, Sango and Lou Phelps. His style, though not totally uncommon in today's world of smooth, sultry and hazy beats, successfully weaves together the worlds of electronic, R&B and hip-hop.
On D.T.S.N.T., Vidal provides listeners with eight tracks of sexy synth lines and dizzying atmospheric highs… or the musical equivalent to perfervid pillow talk (see "Fill the Void").
If there's anyone who understands the power of quality vocals, it's Stwo. The EP features a number of handpicked singers and musicians, including locally sourced talents Daniel Caesar and BADBADNOTGOOD, who lend varying degrees of depth and style. However, it's MK Grands' sensual voice on "Angeles" that truly steals the show. Easily one of the LP's strongest melodic tracks, Stwo can't seem but to agree: "It's amazing to see how singers can make a beat sound 100 times better," he said of "Angeles" on Facebook. "It's one of the most addicting songs on the album."
Though the vocalists take centre stage on the EP, it's important to remember the beat maker extraordinaire behind them throughout. Stwo downplays his role, but he is the driving force behind every bar of D.T.S.N.T. The EP clearly proves the hype surrounding Vidal is well warranted. Expect big things from this young producer in the years to come. (HuhWhat&Where)