This has been lighting up our dashboards, and for good reason. Miguel stopped by San Francisco’s cozy Different Fur Studios for an intimate and slaying performance of “The Thrill,” for Yours Truly. The Casanova broke down the Kalediscope single with a band as hip looking as him, once again proving himself to be so worthy of the hype. The guitars grind a little harder and the drums sound shattered, highlighting Miguel’s tendency to pull from genres near and far — this time, something more grinding and industrial and rock and roll — to build his particular brand of R&B. And as always Miguel showed up supercharged, bouncing back and forth from the mic and swinging finger-guns when he got to the “shot ‘em up” refrain. It’s all, you might say, quite the thrill.
Elsewhere, The Fader gave him the cover treatment this month. The story land their writer, Duncan Cooper, in Miguel’s LA apartment, the one where he recorded “Adorn.” There, they talked about his rise, by way of his “double-life” childhood, growing up half black and half mexican, with a mother who is very religious and a father who let him watch porn; this precious early artist profile; his emboldened style (“I was trying to hold on to some sense of individuality”) and good manners; and about finding his voice while signed to a label that had a different sound in mind. It’s well worth the read, if you’re looking for more on one of r&b’s brightest new stars.
Miguel x Yours Truly — “The Thrill” [GorillaVsBear]