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Ollie – Hometown (Prod. Young Taylor)

Ollie hometown

I wanted to start this post by thanking all of you for the overwhelming support I received from my very first post for rBeatzRadio about Savoy! Unfortunately, as a result of your kindness, you all are stuck with me for a little while longer. And given the fact that I’m new to the community, a position I’ve been in many times throughout my life, I thought I’d pick a track with that in mind for my second post.

Although I tend to linger in the EDM realm, I certainly don’t consider myself a one trick camel. Wait… That’s not right. I guess I have hump day on my mind. After a near fatal car accident in 2017, Ollie, a 22 year old up-and-comer from Toronto, released Hometown: a perfect middle-of-the-week-it’s-cold-as-shit-and-I’m-tired track. The song combines a whimsical and relaxing beat with the Billie Holiday-esque graft of Ollie’s meaningful and meticulous lyricism. Single notes from a keyboard lace the track and, in an almost hypnotic way, take you on a slow progression into Ollie’s world. “But Smogs, what if I want a banger like Don’t Quit Me?” I’m sorry, reader, this isn’t the song for you (but check back soon for those, I promise I won’t leave you in the cold). The beat doesn’t “drop” and the bass never “hits you in the face.” It almost feels as if you’re riding down Yonge Street (that’s the “big” street in Toronto) in the passenger seat while Ollie shares his story. And if there’s one thing we should do more with one another it’s to listen and hear what other people have to say. I think, if we did, we’d all be better for it.

Smogs

After spending the first 11 years of his life overseas, Logan Meltzer aka Smogs, moved to the DMV in 2001 with nothing but a dream of becoming a professional rapping soccer star who could also dunk and do stand-up comedy. And while 100% of those dreams are still in progress, he gets to live a new one now by writing about music. Having graduated from Haverford College, where he DJ’d for OnCue, RDGRNGLD, 3LAU and others (shout out Philly!), Smogs moved to Washington D.C. to work in communications with non-profit organizations, before selling his soul to a Fortune 500. After escaping the succubus, a good friend and now-mentor encouraged Smogs to try his hand at music writing. And as the ol’ saying goes, the rest is happening now... Ride or die Washington sports (especially the Nationals). The Devil Wears Prada 4 lyfe. What fruit hates marriage? A cantaloupe (can’t-elope)

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