The iconic and one-of-a-kind Toronto music scene is one of the great quiet beasts in the Canadian underground, but one player ensuring more attention for the city’s hip-hop beat is none other than Saynt Jaysn, whose new single “Take You Home” is getting a lot of buzz this autumn. Saynt Jaysn has been in the spotlight for a little while now, and if you’ve been keeping up with the indie press, critics are a big part of the reason why his music has been taking off as much as it has.
Finding a perfect partner in the incredible lead singer Jônelle, this player emerges as a verse-centric entity in “Take You Home” that doesn’t need any fluff to sound like a true boss in this game.Saynt Jaysn puts as much stock in this groove as Jônelle does her vocal delivery, and while I don’t think he needed to ride as much bass as he did in this instance, there’s a place for the physicality he’s playing with here in hip-hop’s big picture at the moment.
A lot of his peers might be content with doing things the conservative way as much as possible, but the demand for a touch of indulgence where it counts isn’t going anywhere. He’s satisfying such a demand rather handily in this performance, and potentially setting himself up for a slew of new followers mostly disenchanted with the increasing lack of technicality when it comes to making a smart crossover pop single.
This bass would be a pretty cutting force to be reckoned with if it had a little more volume in the master mix, but it’s instead left intentionally muted in the backend, fostering some frustration between the beat and the cadence of the verse that never finds catharsis in “Take You Home.” I think that, if anything, Saynt Jaysn wanted to create some grittiness with the rhythm of the music here, and thus his indulgence of the bottom-end in this track is justifiable, if not something I would expect him to do considering the scenario he’s faced with. There’s nothing wrong with daring to go a different way than the competition would when the results come out as well as his do, and I think other critics and fans are going to share my opinion once they hear this single for themselves.
Those who hadn’t already heard his work before “Take You Home” are starting to talk about Saynt Jaysn and the Toronto underground that he proudly supports in this release. While I don’t think we’re going to see a decline when it comes to some of the more bruising rap in the mainstream anytime soon, I do believe that there’s going to be a steady resurgence of cut-and-dry players like this one coming into the mainstream fold as the year begins to come together. The terrific effort Saynt Jaysn puts into his work speaks for itself, and in this latest release beside Jônelle, he makes it clear how invested he is in scaling the pop music hierarchy.
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