Label: Empire - ERE-LP-151 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul • Style: Neo Soul, House
Although Jesse Boykins III released enjoyable albums and EPs, much of his best work from through was done in serial one-off collaborator mode. One of his solo releases, a single titled "B4 the Night Is Thru," saw him align with Machine Drum for a cushiony midtempo groove about "working up the nerve" to approach a woman he views as out of his league: "Her look is timeless, I'm GreyScale - Jesse Boykins III - Love Apparatus a nerd.
A handful of selections carry steady thumps but are closer to alluringly bleary downtempo house; "The Wonder Years," the best of that bunch, has a soft, anthracite-like glow. The remainder, including several wicked slow jams, are closer to "See with Me" than anything else. Through these intimate or personal scenes that take place within a tempestuous relationship, Boykins displays remarkable range despite largely sticking to his breathy, gently pleading approach.
For "Live in Me," he constructs one of his most intricate productions, its percussion continually parrying and peeling back, intensifying with dance-and-stab strings and smeared horns. The songs regarding the uglier GreyScale - Jesse Boykins III - Love Apparatus of romance, such as one in which Boykins offers "Daylight is the only weapon when you Extortion Of Benevolence - Beheaded - Resurgence Of Oblivion for us to fight," are just as effective.
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