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Kev Brown Faces Heartbreak on His Melancholy New Project

KevHalfway through Kev Brown's new EP, we hear Stevie Wonder's unmistakable tenor, belting out a sentimental live version of his 1969 song, "Give Your Love." Moments later, we hear Stevie again, except Brown has altered the singer's voice to sound like someone completely different.

It's the most familiar aspect of Brown's Untitled Heartbreak Project, a 13-minute instrumental suite of ambiguous soul samples he recently uploaded to Soundcloud. From notable gems like "Superwoman" and "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer," to unheralded B-sides like "It Ain't No Use" and "Blame It On The Sun," Stevie makes break-up songs that you feel. Brown's aesthetic is thoughtful; fans of his expressive boom-bap might appreciate his inclusion of Stevie's voice.

The proceedings aren't overly dark, though. Elsewhere, Brown brightens the EP with mid-tempo soul, and the results sound like something on which De La Soul would rhyme. In its totality, Brown's Untitled Heartbreak Project showcases his affinity for record-digging and flipping old finds. It's carefully crafted, and the producer touches the pain of heartbreak without saying a word.

Stream Untitled Heartbreak Project after the jump.

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