“Complicated” by newcomer #Benjmn marries clever rhythms and vocal with passionate, real-life words

BENJMN, “Complicated”

While newcomer 22 year old R&B/hip hop/electronic artist Benjmn has his face out there in the artwork of his single “Complicated”, he keeps a discreet social media profile, lending a bit of mystery to this genre for the first time since say The Weeknd arrived.  While he’s done some remixing already for King Arthur and Loud Luxury, “Complicated” is going to attract attention from fans of Kanye West, Bryson Tiller, and in particular Kid Cudi, whose voice has a similar tone.  It puts his own troubles with anxiety right out there in simple, memorable terms:  Demons they come out at night / I’m losing control / The worst kinda ride / I hate how it goes.  Anyone can relate even though it paints a bleaker picture than your straight-forward everyday problem.  So not only does Benjmn have the voice and the lyrical power and passion, he has the ability to put a compelling rhythm and a variety of sounds underneath, and out of it all I can hear influences perhaps more from gritty 80’s R&B than anything else.  Remember the name though – Benjmn’s EP will be dropping soon.

Published in: on August 1, 2018 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#TheVoice’s season 10 soul powerhouse @JoeMaye_ scores with inspired and emotional cover of “Complicated” by @AvrilLavigne


JOE MAYE, “Complicated” (free DL)

Baltimore’s Joe Maye is one of the rare contestants on the US edition of “The Voice” who got a second chance.  In Season 9 his fine performance was, to the aghast of many viewers, dismissed by the coaches because he got too wrapped up in dancing which they said affected his singing.  But returning in Season 10, his performance was more refined and he ended up on Christina Aguilera’s excellent team – to me he would have finished in the Top 10 had her team not been so strong.  But in the aftermath, Joe has now made his cover of my fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne’s classic 2002 hit “Complicated” available for free download.  And it’s a fine introduction for those who did not see his performances on “The Voice”.  “Complicated” shows how Joe can take a song everyone knows, and then run with it in his own style.  Thus he removes the gritty, rebellious aspects of the original and replaces them with a convincing, emotional, soulful side completely unlike the original.  It’s a great choice to cover after 14 years and should continue to send Joe Maye on his way as someone with unique talents to offer.  Listen below and download it for free!

Published in: on October 10, 2016 at 7:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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