Looce is a Samoan-American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Southern California. At the age of 8, he began singing in front of local church congregations. By 13, Looce began playing guitar and piano. He descends from family of musicians; his mom and dad both sing and play piano/guitar. Being surrounded by music all his life, a passion to sing and write music was inevitable. The 21-year-old singer has released his self-written debut EP “Dear Destiny”. Heavily influenced by Al Green, Usher, Lauryn Hill and Brian Mcknight to name a few, Looce is striving to establish himself as an R&B artist.
It certainly didn’t take long before I absolutely lost myself in the hypnotizing splendor that is this EP. Simply from first-listen, one’s musical taste buds are thriving with stimulation in a constant state of salivation for more of Looce’s amazingly soulful voice and sensual, captivatingly laid-back tones.
The beautiful subtlety at which he sings and effortlessly maneuvers through each track will enrapture you within each fleeting moment and leave you longing for more. At the very least, this is an excellent EP to weave in and out of consciousness while you attempt to chill during the late hours of the night.
“Dear Destiny” is a great combination of top-notch production and excellent vocals, with an Al Green, cool modern urban approach that is just great. The tracks are not just R&B, but smooth Pop and some smart samples, rolled up into a tasty treat.
Producers Kennyon Brown and Young Kayz do a fantastic job in delivering a solid smooth sound, while they also feature on the closing track – “Turn Down”. The EP also showcases another feature, in the person of Zeek, on the track, “In Love Wit You”.
Ultimately though, “Dear Destiny”, marks Looce as the attention grabber. He has a voice and vibe about him that just makes you chill and his songs are continuously entertaining listen after listen, maintaining superb replay value.
Looce has covered a lot of ground with this 5-track EP, musically and lyrical wise. There is vulnerability and sensitivity in his style that reminds me of the truer old-school R&B.
His singing style used on standout tracks like, “Dear Destiny” or “Roses” suits his type of music very well. And there is not a single hint of annoying or obnoxious ad-libbing or screaming in the entire EP set. A major novelty as far as R&B is concerned! The lyrics too, are pure, subtle, unpretentious, and realistic.
Overall “Dear Destiny” has surpassed my expectations in a huge way. Every now and then someone comes along to diffuse any pessimism one might have about solid R&B music that steers away from the usual glossiness without substance. And in full honesty, Looce has done just that here!