Typically you would associate an interlude on a project to be a short and generally skippable lead-up to a full track. Berlin-based multi-platinum producer IAMNOBODI seeks to change that viewpoint on his aptly titled latest project The Interludes.
Inspired by numerous game-changing R&B interludes such as "You Are My Joy" by Faith Evans and "Khalil" by Boyz II Men, the project seeks to flip the script of the interlude as a quasi-filler piece of musical theater. Taking vocal assistance from Phonte of Little Brother, BeMyFiasco, Emmavie, and up-and-comer SMV, The Interludes does its job of delivering bite-sized yet thoroughly satisfying pieces of neo-soul flavor. Beginning with the calmly confident "Backwater Interlude", anticipation builds into the future-soul masterclass "Future Sex Interlude" which utilizes the vocals of SMV to deliver a scintillating and delicate bedroom R&B cut. "Let It Roll Interlude" is a highlight of the project, layering Phonte's thought-provoking bars with an Anita Baker-esque chorus from BeMyFiasco floating over impassioned sample-driven production. "Good morning but I'm not a morning person, morning people are the fucking police" Phonte raps, providing some prime Instagram caption fodder for fans of the North Carolina emcee.
IAMNOBODI ends his EP on a high note with the brilliant Emmavie collaboration "Copy & Paste Interlude", a track that feels like it could exist just as easily as an interlude on a new Drake album. With interplaying guitars mixing with the vibrant vocal harmonics of London-based Emmavie, the track is a piece of heaven for any neo-soul aficionado.
The Interludes feels like a clinic of adeptly delivered neo-soul and future R&B that functions best if you lay back, kick your feet up, and just enjoy 14 minutes straight of good vibrations. For IAMNOBODI, a producer who has already reached astounding heights in his career by producing for legends like Nipsey Hussle and high-profile rappers like Mick Jenkins and Freddie Gibbs, the project is further affirmation of his knack for toned-down but still engaging little slices of hip-hop and R&B goodness.