Over four instant classics as suitable for a humid dancefloor as an outdoor BBQ, Navid’s Feeling Purple EP exudes an unmistakably summertime vibe. Think Spike Lee’s cracked Brooklyn concrete, a crisp new pair of white Levi’s, your older brother’s Latin Freestyle mixtapes, high-tops straight out of the box, an afternoon cruise around the block.
The EP’s title-track features a tiptoeing, gentle stalker of a baseline, gradually unfurling cowbell, and a single, sustained Sunday afternoon matinee organ: simple, d.i.y. elements which evoke the naughty playfulness of a young Prince (or Blood Orange) left alone in his room too long. When Navid croons, “You got me so discombobulated I don’t even know my name/You got me dancin’ around my room playin’ my air guitar like I’m insane” he captures a sexually charged earnestness gone missing from today’s wonky overproduction. True to form, Soul Clap’s remix is a study in elevation, a sustained ‘hands in the air’ arpeggiation that takes the track from sad breakup to first-time party hookup.
The EP’s B-side begins in a glorious wash of afternoon sunshine with “Hard to Find,” a showcase for the wistful yet optimistic vocals of Jesse Rennix, another Bay Area Native also featured on Tanner Ross’s “Blame Game.” Accompanied by subtle disco touches worthy of Giorgio Moroder, Rennix sings of new love, new possibility, the joy of starting over…the ethos of summertime at its core.
“Crew is Staying” is a childlike romp through a grownup’s afterparty. As Navid complains of ‘ashes on the motherfuckin carpet’ and randoms from the club staying past their welcome, one can’t help but remember those packed June days at the Marcy when the party took a much needed clearing-out pause, only to begin again for the inner circle. Looking forward to a bright career of releases like this, Navid is definitely invited to stay on….
Published: 25th April 2013