Visions of Utopia is the stunning Potholes Music debut of Jay Cue, a triple-threat based out of San Mateo, Calif. His talents go beyond his smooth vocals and in-the-pocket rhymes. He's also a gifted producer. Across the album's 12 tracks, he blends jazz, future-R&B, and hip-hop to create his own warm, head-nodding atmosphere. It's a fitting setting for Jay and the guests from his crew, Nobody Really Knows (NRK). They include Tyler Major, KC 2.0, Pyramid Quince, and Pyramid Vritra (aka Hal Williams of Odd Future's Jet Age of Tomorrow).
While Jay can rap and croon effortlessly on his own instrumentals, it's his knack for engaging songwriting that pulls it all together. This is evident on singles "Get It Out" and "Drive", the latter of which dropped on his 21st birthday (July 22). Even with a varied sound, the tracks remain equally sharp and, more importantly, catchy. The slick confidence and lush production hook you, but it's the deft lyricism and chord progressions that will keep you coming back for more.
If this is what Jay is capable of at 21, we cannot wait to hear what the future brings. We at Potholes Music are thrilled to release Visions of Utopia and we hope you, too, share this vision.
released 06 August 2013
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