Published May 06, 2019We haven't really heard from Los Angeles, by way of Toronto, artist Jahkoy lately. At least in the manner that we thought we would, based on the media buzz he was getting a few years back, via Soundcloud and his 2016 Foreign Water EP. 404 sees Jahkoy straight-arm his way back into the current R&B conversation. Across nine tracks, it appears the time away has seen him continue to grow his craft — his vocals and songwriting skills have levelled up.
"Acceptance" is set on simmer, its murky soundscape giving way to reality-induced clarity: "Girl I'm breaking these habits / I'll put you where you wanna be." A number like "Deja Vu" dips into sing-rap territory, with a '90s R&B flow. The catchy "Fefe Dobson/Soho House" offers up eyebrow-raising bars like "Rock my world like Fefe Dobson." "Leftover Lust" goes in on abundant sexual options and "Crazy Girl" induces head-nods as it messes around with a familiar yet fresh flow.
404 reveals that Jahkoy has staying power and is a big hit or two away from big success. This might just be that year. (Independent)