A true celebration, Kush Nubian brings together a whole slew of styles on the multifaceted joyride of “Kush Nubian Vibes”. Hip-hop, pop, dance-rock, and some bits of R&B enter into the equation filtered through his unique worldview. Lyricism here cuts to the bone, with a number of verses literally sharpened for maximum impact. The slew of different textures, timbers, rhythms, and rhymes adds to the unexpected nature of the journey. Within the sound a whole life comes into view one that has a raw grit to it. Volume is a given for the whole of the album virtually washes over the listener.
The range of references abound throughout the entirety of the album. On the obvious side of things, the love for Daft Punk’s electro rock riffs is abundant throughout, as Kush appears to have learned quite a bit from their uniquely soulful approach. For those deeper, slower cuts the futuristic pop meets R&B reflects upon some of the Weeknd’s retro musings, for the production has that similar glossy production and finish to it. Sometimes the album even touches upon the goofy demeanor of Mac DeMarco’s mellowed-out hip-hop inflected output.
“Celebrate (feat. Rox)” references 50 Cent’s classic while bringing a nice high power dance funk into the fray. Rox does a wonderful job in punctuating the power of the track. Various keyboards filter in with the delightfully happy “Wherever You Are”. Infinitely catchy all the way to its core comes the pure giddiness of “My Girl” where he combines bubblegum pop with the energy of a rave-up. Things slow down rolling on through on the gigantic bass rumbles of “Go Live”. On “Right Now (feat. Sire)” has a genteel loving quality. A fantastic buildup, cinematic in scope, the intense “Want your Love” stuns.
Skipping keyboards add to the inherent playfulness of “Cheater” with a bit of 90s G-Funk brought in for good measure. Nimble guitar work makes “Born to Make Mistakes” a true summer jam, for the arrangement possesses so much light bright and airy sound to it. A sly jazz inflection comes on through with the glowing keys of “Here With You”. Pure Prince vibes race through on the fluorescent intensity of “Paradise”. Hyperactive beats bounce off the walls on the aptly named “Keep Dancing” swirls about. Bringing the whole thing to a fantastic close “Black Girls Rock” ends things on a reflective note.
Done with such care and consideration, Kush Nubian brings out some seriously infectious hooks on the stunningly immersive scope of “Kush Nubian Vibes”.