Selfish – [Senses]

Artists working in the underground today have the telling ability to manifest a wide variety of sounds and styles given how they have this seemingly limitless platform at their disposal in the modern age. No single artist, producer, or any sort of creative in the music world is held to any set amount of standards, and the best acts working right now are those that take advantage of this fact and diversify themselves to the highest extent possible.

Even creatives who are known to have something of a “signature” artistic status are still working to incorporate new themes, approaches, and other facets into their baseline place in a given scene; practically no other artist has emerged as the most shining example of this notion this year than Senses, who has created a tried and true image for themself while making it very apparent that they are extremely transfixed with a diversifying attitude.

For the most recent example of this approach put in motion, look no further than their recent track “Selfish.” The brief, yet all-too-fulfilling offering is a slight departure from their often-soaring and multi-faceted tracks, instead going for a far more stripped back and direct song this time around. Yet with that being said, it still has the same demeanor and feel as a typical Senses track, which speaks volumes to how adequately they were able to carve this niche out for themselves, and also to the fact that they can do so while still being able to keep developing their artistry in the process.

The instrumental here is one of serene grace and beauty in its own right — with the all-star duo of Odece and 4am joining forces to create a beat that is just as dense in its atmospheric, synth-ridden tones as it is in its direct and punchy percussion and overall composition. Its high portions are as complex as ever, yet the low end is strikingly simple in the best manner imaginable; for this track in particular, it works to create such an ideally contrasting makeup.

Senses themselves delivers on this beat with quite the amount of ease, as they glide over the various sonic aspects with a delivery that is not often displayed on their end. It is a delivery that trades their usually-ascending and tellingly expansive vocal tones with a far more restrained and moderated one this time around. But given their unmistakably rich talents as a commanding presence on the mic in the first place, and one of an unprecedented and untouched status, they still come through with an amazing performance here that stacks up with even the best of what they have offered in the past. 

“Selfish” is another profound mark in what can only be described as one of the most spotless discographies within the rising electronic-tinged pop scene as it currently stands, and with such an ever-evolving approach to adding more and more to this growing pile of content, the SpazzTeam progenitor is essentially setting themselves up to be one of the most acclaimed acts moving forward even beyond the scene they have come to dominate thus far.