Eli Wesse is a Congolese-American originally from Michigan, who moved all around the East Coast until he made his way back to Ann Arbor to really pursue music. Today, we deliver the result of his relocation back home in a song titled "Small Talk" produced by Eli and Arjun Singh.
The production glistens like a starlight sky acting as a moody backdrop for Eli's vocals. Eli uses one of my favorite distortions on a vocal sample in the beginning of the track – I refer to this as the codeine effect. When the vocals are slowed so far down that it feels like the pace of the song is melting down the track like a thick syrup. Eli describes the track in his own words and how he had to sacrifice a love interest to stay on his grind.
"There was a girl from New York City I dated. I left her and Manhattan to come back to Michigan to get my music off the ground. I never got as deep with her as I wanted. And I guess a lot of things tend to get lost in translation when you live far away. A lot of people (not just her) didn't really believe how serious I was about music. And a lot of this record is just me clearing the air on a lot of doubt I sensed around me. I wanted people to realize all the sacrifices I made and I wanted her to look up and see… 'look we're really doing this."
The sensual trap track is equally suited for the radio as it is for the after party. Roll something up, listen to this track and do less because doing less is mo' betta. Stay tuned for more material from Eli this year.