You may remember vocalist and producer, Sakumzi Qumana, from the alternative group Johnny Cradle. The artist Qumana has branched out into a solo project over the last year or so under the moniker of Q – alongside his newly-founded independent record label onQUE recordings.
In the lead up to his debut album, which is slated for release in early 2020, he’s releasing a series of EPs based on the project’s lead songs. First off the bat is For Love – which comes in 6 eager versions and their respective music videos.
The track, at its core, is a cruising synth soul creation. Caribbean inflection lifts the edges of his vocals, lending a reggae-esque sound to the situation – which hits home a little harder on the 6 minute “rub-a-dub” mix. Chiming piano and a muffled, solid bass beat drives the album version of the track – while stripped piano and bare-boned vocals lilt beneath the vinyl crackle of the acoustic rendition.
Bringing home the beat, a languid, lazy beat drives the dub mix – experimental textures slapped across the board, dropping an unexpected excerpt from “Lenyora” by Thebe 2007 Kalawa Jazzme part-way through. And there’s even more.
It’s a bold and brimming offering – laying down the tracks for what’s to come.
Stream three of the versions below on YouTube.