Abhi//Dijon: Stay up Review

By Desmond Rattler
Music JournalistStayUp

Artist: Abhi//Dijon
Album: Stay Up   
Release Date: September 8th 2015
Label: Self-Released

“Stay Up” is one of two recently released mix tapes by the low-key duo, Abhi//Dijon.

Abhi//Dijon are residents of Ellicott City, Maryland, but most people associate the area with the larger region, the D.M.V. (D.C, Maryland, Virginia) where lots of heavily influential artists have come from. The DMV fostered many of our favorite artists like Pharrell Williams, D’Angelo, Beach House and Ginuwine.

The amount that SoundCloud plays and support they receive is remarkable and it’s all because of the stellar product they present. Abhi//Dijon puts more of a spectral take on the R&B genre, a Shadowy approach. Their music perfectly suits an intimate environment with close ones and also works well as background music for working, writing or cooking independently.

There’s no doubting Abhi//Dijon’s ability to influence others’ moods in an unforced manner. This sound is purposefully crafted to show their affection towards 90’s soul music.

“Jon B” is one of the duo’s smoothest songs. With its gentle vocals and shimmering keys, upon initial listening, you’ll recognize the familiar sound. That sound being similar to Jon B himself, or the family of R&B music reminiscent of the late ’80s and early 2000s.

Abhi claims he just wants to make the best music he can, the quality of his production is so buttery smooth and warm that you’ll feel immersed within, causing you to grow an emotional connection to their message. Dijon is an untrained vocalist, but he possesses strength in his emotion lyricism at which he wields so effectively. His vocals are sweet, simple and he definitely always finds a way to eloquently get to the key point of his message. There’s no showboating when it comes to projecting; he spills his heart out into the mic, especially in the live setting. Abhi//Dijon continue to impress any skeptics by their connecting with the audience during their soulful performances.

Overall, The Abhi//Dijon duo is low-key, gem of our generation, awaiting a breakthrough of mainstream recognition. With their music as polished and timeless as it is, they shouldn’t be waiting an eternity for all eyes to be turned on them, but in the meantime, they can just be proud of the potential they possess, and lay it down for whoever when the time is right.

Brenden Snow

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