Tori Kelly
Should've Been Us (Lincoln Jesser Remix)

For years now we’ve been falling head over heels for L.A. native Lincoln Jesser‘s smooth, saccharine-sweet brand of downtempo synth-pop. Whether we were gleefully consuming the majority of Jesser’s thoughtfully crafted singles & covers, or devouring his debut LP Modern Color with the careful listening precision it truly deserved; it’s safe to say the multifaceted producer has carved out a soft spot within our Ninja hearts.

After the recent release of his successful Ministry of Sound debut, “In My Place,” which echoed a club atmosphere more than we’d ever experienced with the production chameleon, he’s brandished the remixer hat for Tori Kelly’s “Should’ve Been Us” and we’ve got it before any other outlet. Again, we’ve become privy to yet another piece to Lincoln Jesser’s evolution as this time around the soundscape he’s crafted touches on numerous sonic aesthetics. Jesser imbues Tori Kelly’s boy-band hearkening original with a contemporary electronic hip-hop swing and pop sensibility that has us drawing up comparisons to pre-radio AlunaGeorge. Buzzy leads and pitched vocals give the tune’s strong melody all of the necessary breathing room to blossom into a blissed-out revision, and it delivers in spades. We’ve also gotten word that Lincoln Jesser’s already back in the studio working on more original material to follow on this latest angle to his rapidly developing sound. 

Stream Lincoln Jesser’s “Should’ve Been Us” remix above.

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