This past Friday, rising R&B artist Daniel Caesar released his debut album which has a title that discribes it perfectly in one word, Freudian.
Daniel Caesar, whose real name is Ashton Simmonds, is a 22 year old independent soul singer/songwriter, guitar and piano player from Toronto. Although Freudian is his official debut album, this is not the first time we’ve been blessed with his music. In the first few weeks of 2014, he released a little known 3-song project, called Birds Of Paradise. Then on September 22nd that same year, he released a follow-up EP, titled Praise Break, which Rolling Stone ranked #19 on the 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014. The following year, Pilgrim’s Paradise, his third EP was released on November 22nd. Also, this talented artist was even called upon by the queen herself, Ms. Mary J. Blige, to assist her with a hot song called “Telling The Truth” featuring KAYTRANADA & BADBADNOTGOOD, which is on her recent album Strength Of A Woman.
Just days ago, on August 25th, Daniel Caesar finally released his first actual debut album, appropriately titled Freudian, although his break out single “Get You” featuring Columbian-American singer, Kali Uchis, was released on October 20, 2016. The first 3 tracks on Freudian are definitely my favorite of the bunch. The first song is “Get You” featuring Kali Uchis, the second song is “Best Part” featuring H.E.R. and thirdly, a soulful groove called “Hold Me Down.” The entire album has such a chill vibe, it’s completely different from anything else that’s out there right now!
The song “Get You,” by itself, has had over 10 million streams just on Apple Music alone. According to the singer’s management, there have been over 32 million streams globally of the full catalog. Daniel Caesar seems to have carved out his own path and it looks to be going straight into the upper atmosphere!
There’s also a smooth joint called, “Japanese Denim,” that came out around October, but doesn’t appear on the album. Just after the release of Freudian, Daniel Caesar announced his US tour (of the same name) on Saturday. The dates and locations of the tour have yet to be published, but we will follow up once the info becomes available.
Listen to Freudian here.
Listen to “Japanese Denim” here.
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