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Goldsmiths' Official Student Magazine

Sid’s Track Shack of the Week

October 23, 2017
Goldsmiths' very own Sidrah Zubair handpicks the finest tune of the week for smiths' music enthusiasts.

Gang Over Luv by Brent Faiyaz 

I remember the first time I heard Crew – sure, Goldlink’s flow, Shy Glizzy’s bold feature and the infectious beat are all pretty redeeming features, but it’s Brent Faiyaz’s absolutely dreamy vocals on the hook which provide the song with that certain je ne sais quoi. There are a lot of new alternative and mainstream R&B vocalists in the scene (Bryson Tiller and Khalid, to name a few), but Faiyaz’s combination of falsettos, structured harmonies and story-like lyricisms make him a standout from the crowd.

Gang Over Luv

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From his debut album Sonder Son, released October 13th, Gang Over Luv is a nostalgia-fuelled tune chronicling the time when he was “hella broke” (I feel you there, Brent) and the strength and influence of his tight-knit friendships. He captures millennial essence perfectly within this song, talking about being young, dumb, chasing dreams and girls, “in a rush to grow up”; other events include skipping class and not giving a damn about performance.

Coupled with a beat which is hard-hitting, and somehow mellow at the same time, Faiyaz’s croon about his life will sound very familiar to anyone who listens, especially those who had strong childhood friendships and/or difficult struggles to finally ‘make it.’

Words, Sidrah Zubair