Private - Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
I feel like Thomas Troelsen and I have had a long relationship. Of course, I've never met the guy, but I think back to his work with Junior Senior and Superheroes years ago, then his amazing output with the first incarnation of Private, and now his current collaborations with some of my favorite K-Pop stars and groups, and there has really been a constant through-line for the length of this blog and beyond. He's a producer and artist I always seek out, no matter where he might be working. His last single as Private felt a little underwhelming, but this is a return to form of sorts. There's still too much rapping, but we really get to hear his fantastic MJ-esque vocals. Seriously, for the sheer sound he's capable of producing, he's one of my absolute favorite vocalists out there. The song's moodier and bigger than anything he's done on his own since the first Private album and makes me want more from him ASAP. And next time, maybe no guest rappers?
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