Sunset Selections is a curated collection of original songs written exclusively for this mixtape by our favorite breakthrough artists of 2013
A lot of people contributed to the making of Sunset Selections, so I decided to write this post as a thank you note. It feels dumb writing it, so if you feel dumb reading it, understand that that is okay. First and foremost, I would like to thank the artists who were a part of this mixtape for being so accepting of this idea and all-in with this project. You guys surpassed my expectations on that front and then met my expectations with the awesome songs you sent (my expectations were really high okay–that’s why we asked you to contribute). I would also like to thank the Sunset Fam for working their asses off for me and this idea. Without getting too sentimental, I love these people more than my own family. Just kidding. But they are cool, and it’s cool how Lydia set up a submissions page, Eric made a legendary trailer, Alicia let me use her collages, Jordan and Andy got artists on board, and they all listened to me vent about all the bullshit and awesomeness that took place while heading up this project. I really think the mixtape does its job of capturing this moment in time, but more than that, pieces of it are timeless. Oh God, that was ‘cheez‘-y. Fuck, I can’t stop. Just… let this mixtape soundtrack your 2013 and then your entire life.
Okay, I lied. This is an EP, but it has the length of a mixtape and the quality of an album. Doley Bernays is one of those rare artists doing it different. Okay sure, moments on Just In Case sound very Yeezus-like, but that sound overly aggressive sound Kanye made his bitch in 2013 is now being expanded. There are perfect moments of auto-tune and indie-leaning, hip-hop beats by breakthrough producer MP Williams. Meanwhile, Doley is scripting narratives about his life, and while I can’t relate to everything he’s talking about, I can feel his pain. Because pain is a universal feeling, and it’s on jarringly full display here.
P.S.: How strange is it that we seek entertainment in other people’s pain?
While I love to listen to “ignorant” rap or whatever you want to call it, I have definitely missed listening to clean bars. Run The Jewels recently dropped a great project for rap fans, and Doley Bernays is following up with a careful balance between classic hip-hop and weird ass James Blake-esque bridges. I love it. Watch out for Doley to have a huge 2013 with the release of his debut Just In Case EP.
This new Doley Bernays song sounds a bit like the new Kanye West material, which is amazing because he had to have written it well before he heard that. Maybe that speaks to where Doley Bernays head is these days. Both the songs below work to push the envelope–I mean, “Raise Your Weapon” samples Deadmau5. This sort of beat selection and apparent mindset is refreshing in a growing industry of clichéd, robotic rappers. Also, Doley was part of one of my fav moments on Twitter.
— King doley reelife™ (@doley_bernays) May 21, 2013