Ollie – Hometown (Prod. Young Taylor)
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.