By Jack Barnes
Harlem renaissance man Ro Ransom is known for his exquisite taste and genre experimentation, grounding his inventive songs in the hip-hop and modern R&B tradition. With the dramatic and expansive “Stop The World,“ Ro might have dropped his most ambitious song yet. Evoking in equal parts 808s-era Kanye West, late 80s Phil Collins, and the Drive soundtrack, “Stop The World” is a room-enveloping love song. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Opening with churning, mechanical guitar rumbling over ethereal synth, wispy vocal samples, and booming bass, the Leven Kali-produced track opens up and transforms at the midway point, introducing a disco drumbeat and chamber strings for a formidable emotional climax. “Stop The World” is the third single from Ro’s upcoming project Momentum, following the hit single “Doppelgänger,” which Spotify listed on their Most Necessary playlist, and the Beats 1-premiered, Jazz Cartier-featuring “Prettiest.”
Born and raised in Manhattan, Ro Ransom comes from a long line of respected musicians. Inspired by artists such as Justin Timberlake and Aaliyah, Ro’s distinctive style earned him a devoted online fanbase and millions of plays on SoundCloud and Spotify. In fall 2015, Ro released “See Me Fall,” his biggest hit to date, which earned over 5.6 million plays on Spotify, 169,000 Shazams, and inspired a viral remix by producer Y2K, which has generated more than 7.4 million YouTube views. Currently back from his tour with pop star Dua Lipa, Ro Ransom is hard at work on Momentum, his next project, which fans can expect later in 2017.
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