We first heard from Isaiah Mclaughlin in January of this year when we were introduced to a uniquely talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist producer. His experimental Dark Pop sound has resonated with fans. Many of his tracks count their spins in the tens of thousands. In the two years since he has been active, the prolific artist has produced at least four EPs and a number of singles.
“Slave” is the latest EP from Isaiah Mclaughlin, released worldwide to all major streaming services on May 11, 2021. The six song collection finds the singer diving even deeper into his distinctive avant-garde style. Musically the tracks combine elements of EDM, Pop and Rock and mold them into something completely new. Isaiah lists both Prince and Michael Jackson as his primary influences. However, his music is much darker in mood and style than that of his idols.
From the Alternative Rock influenced Electronica of the opening track “Time to Go ” to the wildly experimental title track, the record makes subtle stylistic changes as it progresses. The beats on “Slave” touch on techno (“Dark City”), Lo-fi House (“Lost Soul”) and even a touch of Reggaeton (“Hallows Eve”).
Although he experiments with multiple genres on the EP, the overarching vibe stays true to Isaiah’s hypnotic and psychedelic style. Vocal effects and ambient synths create a dreamlike state that permeates all of his music. Vocally he delivers esoteric meditations on his own life and those around him in a fluid, stream-of-consciousness melodic style.
Isaiah Mclaughlin says that “Slave” will be his last release for the foreseeable future. Check it out below. You can also hear the track “Time to Go” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Follow the links below to connect with Isaiah Mclaughlin. Get on his socials and did in to his rich catalog of original music.