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Kid Hastings’ “Business Cycles” Is A Gorgeous Snapshot Of Youth

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Hastings gets real about long-distance love

One of the first things that strikes you about "Business Cycles" is the tone of Kid Hastings' voice. It's rich and smooth, adding another dreamy layer to the song's base of shimmery electric piano and feather-light guitar. Hastings, who has a background in choral music and jazz as well as musical theatre, is a natural emoter on the mic, gracefully capturing the excitement and apprehension of a major life transition.

"I really love that warm choral sound. I just think the sound of voices in music is the most beautiful thing," he says, citing Frank Ocean, Moses Sumney, and Bon Iver as influences on his lush, layered approach.

The song is sweet and immaculately structured, with its dizzying array of instruments and voices never becoming too dense or weighty. Hastings handled the production, with an assist on the drums from Hunter Lewis of Brooklyn jazz/R&B trio Herrick & Hooley.

Kid Hastings' upcoming project is inspired by his recent move from the East Coast to Los Angeles to study music and the wide range of emotions that affect us when we feel untethered. "Business Cycles" examines how his romantic life figures into that vast sea of change. "And when college comes 'round/ Just another thing we never talked about," he sings.

The "Business Cycles" video alludes to that idea but also plays into the broader concept of Kid Hastings' forthcoming music, which deals with self-awareness and understanding ourselves in relation to others. To highlight those ideas, Hastings co-directed a clip with Mike Klubeck that is a melange of nostalgic, slightly surrealist snapshots of an endless last suburban summer before college. In one shot, Hastings sings and plays guitar while standing waist-deep in a pool, while in another he's breaking the fourth wall during a dimly lit party. Sometimes the scenes are buzzing with life, but in others the artist is on his own, seeming pensive and adrift.

"The basic story is that more and more people show up, and all of these people are very interpersonal and not paying attention to you, and then they go away, and it's all about interpreting whether I, as the protagonist, am relieved or just feeling alone and empty," Hastings says. "You can see where your priorities lie as a person by analyzing your response to that."

Watch the video for "Business Cycles," premiering right here on NYLON, and keep Kid Hastings on your radar.


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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.

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