There’s something carnal about “Inamorata”, SF1′s sophomore album. Something that makes your heart rate rise, your skin tingle, and your hips gyrate. Something invigorating and fresh. The music is alive with emotion and passion. The beats are animated and dynamic and SF1 seems to actively interact with them. His intonation modulates with the sound waves, he’s not just rapping over the track. His voice comes from inside of the beat. Directed by SF1′s spirited presence, “Inamorata” is an undeniably addictive compilation.
SF1 and his music are intimately connected; he authors all of his lyrics and is responsible for all the drums, percussion, and a bit of the piano embedded in the beats. The drums submit to his expertise. SF1 has been immersed in the drumming community since childhood. For this project he collaborated with fellow musician Cesar Gonzalez. Their creativity manifests in the innovative rhythms weaved throughout “Inamorata”. Gonzalez also masterfully mixed most of the album. The vibrant beats are comprised from a blend of digital and real instruments flavored by Afro-Cuban, West African, Middle Eastern, jazz, and rock influences. The instrumentals are so infectious, they literally invaded my body. The solo dance party that ensued was out of my control.
Conceptually, “Inamorata”, covers the spectrum of romance. Different tracks throughout the album embody the plethora of emotions passion creates. “Tension” featuring Betsy Ruckard traces the curiosity and excitement of a new affair. The anticipation is amplified by the track’s alluring instrumental and the eagerness of SF1′s lyrical delivery. Betsy Ruckard appears briefly to relieve the tension with her soothing vocals. “Strings” featuring Chrissie and Betsy Ruckard depicts the illusive friends with benefits arrangement. SF1 sketches that ideal situation every non-committal dreams of. Chrissie’s verse challenges the typical conception of a woman’s role in a no strings relationship. “Madman” is accompanied by a psychotic beat and chaotic lyrics, illuminating the lunacy head over heels love produces.
Stylistically, SF1 is dramatic and lively. The influences of Outkast and Tech N9ne are evident in his style, which is a combination of whimsy and verbal assault. An extensive theatrical history contributes to his vocal versatility. His technique morphs with the message of the song. On “Raw” and “Madman” he presents himself as maniacal and aggressive, matching the desperation of the lyrics. His portrayal transforms on “AfterParty” and “Fly Away” where he appears playful and charming.
I don’t listen to everything on repeat. But when my ears like something they become ravenous devouring the music over and over. I’ve literally been feasting on “Inamorata” for two days straight. Go ahead and gorge yourself, a little gluttony is accepted when it comes to music. You can find “Inamorata” on Sound Cloud or at sf1music.com.
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