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Track of the Day: Raury – Woodcrest Manor

Last week, eighteen year-old Raury released Indigo Child with some serious connections. The Atlanta newbie was featured in…

Last week, eighteen year-old Raury released Indigo Child with some serious connections. The Atlanta newbie was featured in a New York Times profile, booked to open for OutKast reunion shows and had reportedly denied Kanye West’s DONDA recruitment offer all before Indigo Child’s release. 

Raury’s debut EP is a melting pot of eclecticism, bubbling viciously with an array of mismatched influences. He channels the restless angst of Kanye’s ‘New Slaves’ and the dripping soulfulness of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, all between audio clips of real arguments with his mother and giving them titles like ‘Sweet n Sour’ or ‘Rest.’ ‘Woodcrest Manor’ is the most conventional song on Indigo Child but serves as the ideal introduction. Its a biographic rap-poem about Raury’s undeveloped frustrations and childhood observations. “Watched every house get sold / watched every neighbour get old” retells the youngster over a glistening dream-pop guitar melody. 

Having matched Ezra Koenign and Sampha as a fellow SBTRKT collaborator with the recent release of ‘Higher’ ahead of the  British producers’ Wonder Where We Land, Raury’s future is looking bright. 

Download Indigo Child for free here. Listen to ‘Woodcrest Manor’ below.


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