The boundaries of what was or what it will be no longer exist in music. In fact, one could argue that they never existed. Either way, the hallmarks of today’s soundscape are the fusion of sounds that used to be separated by genre constraints with a touch or sample of what has been released in the past. Many are trying to perfect this artistic equation, but Karri is finding success by simply doing it in a way that makes him and his supporters feel good. His latest release, “can u?,” embodies the previous statements in a succinct manner.
“I need you to give me your love,” Karri sings as the production splices his voice in a manner that makes it feel like a 90s sample.
The Bay Area vocalist’s newest release is something that feels reminiscent of the songs and albums that many grew to love from boy R&B groups more than two decades ago. Still, he’s able to pull together modern flows and temperaments to make it feel like a modern-day hit. Differing from previous releases like “3 AM In Oakland” and “550’s & Leon Dore,” “can u?” feels more like “only u” and “lemonade” in that Kari’s vocals sound much more passionate as if he means it when he tells her that he wants to be around her forever. All in all, each element of his vocals, production and songwriting come together in a way that is uniquely him and addictively appealing.