The first uploads on D.C. based producer Royal’s Soundcloud page are beats, variously influenced by hip-hop and the current trends of hi-hat triplet and heavy bass filled electronic music. They’re solid, but don’t stand out in the incredibly saturated market, but his latest track, featuring (presumably) his own vocals, does stand out. It starts slowly, with layers of chanted vocals building over the sound of falling rain, and explodes with rich bass and glittering synths around halfway through. It’s poppy and accessible, no doubt, but so well put together that it’ll keep pulling you back to listen again.
Royal’s debut EP Cycles is out January 26, download “Passenger” below.