Hailing from Johannesburg – born in Vryheid and raised in Boksburg – Damian Angel is an RnB artist that blends cutting-edge hip hop into his style. Now out through Dove Angel Records, Damian has released the single “Life Goes On”. In a genre where keeping it 100 percent is a must, Damian can convincingly put on many faces. But he isn’t an anomaly; he’s the center of the zeitgeist. He’s a main attraction in an age where the genres core demographic can readily put on images thanks to today’s digital luxuries.
“Life Goes On” finds Damian Angel keeping it real in that regard. The song turns within itself, as a soulful electric guitar-driven love ballad ballad turns into an urban farewell anthem, but Damian never loses footing on top of the shifting sound-bed. This brings forth one of his best performances. Damian resonates; he transfixes his audience. That skill is omnipresent in “Life Goes On”.
On this release Damian Angel has felt the need to shift his musical conversation. Where he was once viewed as RnB’s sensitive soul, he’s now thrown in a hip-hop edge into that artistic formula, thus evolving into a formidable competitor chasing after legendary status. And after 3 minutes and 50 seconds of this track, listeners will know what to expect from him—dark, moody and honest can all be words to describe his musical transformation on “Life Goes On”.
In each of Damian Angel releases, there’s an artistic growth that can be traced through his songs. You can pinpoint the exact dreams, victories, and losses he’s gone through. On “Life Goes On”, there is a story about heartache, despair and relationships, as Damian avoids the tough-talking clichéd rap that’s been running rampant lately.
He is at his best when he is speaking from the heart. He has a real way of spilling his soul on a track, which is the single most captivating part of his craft.
Deceptively and extremely skilled, Damian once again he shows his sensitive side on “Life Goes On”. Both a singer and a storyteller, his transformation has been intense to watch. Damian Angel has a vice-grip on his craft and is showing no signs of loosening it anytime soon.
He is very much hitting his stride in RnB and Hip-hop, using every transitional moment to add one more compelling chapter to his ever-growing narrative. The beat is damn near perfect, the melody is thoughtful, and the vocals are nice. Who could complain about a surprise release like this?