Rych McCain Hollyhood Notes : Solomon


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Timbaland, Grades, Al Shux & More For Production

     Following the success of his recently released string of singles “dehydrate, “sore loser, and “phases Ft. Kojey
SOLOMON presents his highly anticipated debut
8-track EP FOR STARTERS, out now on all streaming



     Finding fans in the likes of Jessie ReyezIndia
Erykah BaduBROCKHAMPTON, and TimbalandFOR
is an amalgamation of all SOLOMON’s hard work
and presents his sound in ways we’ve never heard before. Best-known for his
ballads and stripped back nature, SOLOMON evokes emotion and
depth, all while exploring the avenues of his musicality. Taking the reins on
production, and enlisting revered co-producers, such as GRAMMY-award
multi-hyphenate Timbaland, creative duo Trackside,
Al Shux 
(Kendrick Lamar, SZA), Owen Cutts (Stormzy,
Kojey Radical) and Grades (H.E.R, Khalid, Dua Lipa), SOLOMON has
brought together all these names to create this dynamic and considered project.

Solomon    “Dehydrate”

     “do you want my love?” commences FOR
with a melancholic, acapella offering which allows SOLOMON’s
voice to shine. A song about unrequited love, the question is parcelled as a
guitar-led ballad with mellow, brooding instrumentation. While lo-fi ballads
are a hit for the 25-year-old artist, his sound is even more elevated on
livelier tracks such as recently released summer single “dehydrate” which
adds a fresh and sun-soaked sound to the EP; similarly, viral breakthrough
single and SOLOMON’s most streamed song (13M+ streams) “listen
 takes listeners on a journey through his mind, exploring the
complexities of love and heartbreak.



      Never one to shy away from honest topics, the heartfelt
burn out” and “fingerprints” are
beautifully crafted odes laced with the artist’s signature guitar melody. Both
discussing the vulnerability that comes with love – “burn
details the feeling of exhausting oneself in the pursuit,
whilst “fingerprints” looks at the lingering
aftermath of a love lost – both visceral and relatable. A keen collaborator, SOLOMON enlisted
UK rap luminary, Kojey Radical on debut single “phases”;
the single was sampled by rapper Ice Spice in
her ‘On The Radar’ freestyle and led to a play on Drake’s OVO
Radio. This co-sign was followed by US former hip-hop collective, BROCKHAMPTON,
who also sampled SOLOMON’s track “Robbery” for
their song “Listerine,” which features on their
final album.


     SOLOMON’s 2023 ballad “sore
 continues the journey, laying bare his inability to
connect with a partner, the emotionally charged track is given a fresh sound as
it’s remixed by mintsauce and US heavyweight producer, Timbaland.
Infusing the melody with an instantly recognisable synthesised sound
– “sore loser” becomes a standout on the EP. Closing
out the project in classic SOLOMON fashion, the
singer-songwriter pivots back to cinematic melodies on “loosely”, with
a lucid and nostalgic feel. Like an outro to a feature film, the
co-produced SOLOMON & mintsauce offering
details the story of a young and complicated relationship, as his falsetto
vocal muses ‘ooh she plays on my mind like a movie/ drains all my time and
consumes me / that’s just me putting it loosely.’



  On the EP, SOLOMON said: “I tend
to use music as an escape, and to encourage others to let it [music] take you
elsewhere. FOR STARTERS marks the start of an incredible
journey; this compilation of songs really sums up all the madness that the past
few years have consisted of – it’s packed full of undeniably raw and honest
music for anyone listening to take their first steps into my world.”


     FOR STARTERS is a stunning EP that showcases SOLOMON’s
talent, versatility and the light and shade in his artistry. With a mix of
lo-fi ballads, and bouncier offerings, this EP is proof of the West-Londoner’s
incredible range as 
an artist and songwriter. A testament to his musical
acumen, with this project, SOLOMON has cemented himself as one
to watch in the UK scene as he builds his musical legacy one track at a



1.    do
you want my love?

2.    dehydrate

3.    listen

4.    sore

5.    phases
ft. Kojey Radical

6.    fingerprints

7.    burn

8.    loosely

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