By Jack Barnes
With an impressive musicality and a drive to explore the deepest aspects of himself, rapper/producer JAYLIEN‘s unique sound and refreshing honesty earned him millions of plays on SoundCloud. Losing himself in a disastrous romantic entanglement, JAYLIEN works through his jealousy in “Lucky Guy,” his disorienting, hypnotic new single: “Your boyfriend’s a lucky guy.” With JAYLIEN rhythmically riding atop off-kilter, distorted synths, the track grows more and more sinister until it becomes clear that JAYLIEN will get what he wants, “lucky” boyfriend be damned. Premiered by Ebro on Beats 1 Radio and debuted online by Pigeons & Planes, the Tame Impala-sampling “Lucky Guy” is a creepy and compelling example of what makes JAYLIEN special. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Jaylien Wesley grew up immersed in gospel and church music. With a choir director father and a singing mother, JAYLIEN taught himself how to play the piano at only 8 years old, eventually adding saxophone and clarinet to his skillset. JAYLIEN first made a name for himself as a go-to producer and songwriter with “Beautiful,” a worldwide smash recorded by Akon. As a producer, JAYLIEN has worked with Chris Brown, Cody Simpson, Cheryl Cole, T-Pain, LL Cool J, Quincy Jones, will.i.am and T.I., striking biggest with “Scream and Shout,” a top five Billboard hit for will.i.am and Britney Spears. Last summer, JAYLIEN impressed fans and critics with Summer’s Over, his debut album as a vocalist. Featuring singles such as “We Fcuk” and “Hotel Costes,” which The FADER called a “perfect song for radio,” Summer’s Over racked up over a million plays on SoundCloud and convinced TIDAL to list JAYLIEN as an “Artist to Watch.” Stay tuned for JAYLIEN’s follow-up, coming later this year.
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