One of the most exciting and talented artists to emerge in the past few years, Malik Ninety Five packs some of his best music to date into his latest project, Playlist: 002. The four-track release coincides with a major announcement from the rising New Orleans native, who is proud to announce that he is performing at this year’s Voodoo Festival in his hometown.
Playlist: 002 arrives on the heels of a series of killer singles from the multi-talented artist, who complements his melodic delivery with his own addictive approach to production. And while many of his tunes have a distinctly danceable quality, there’s depth to the lyrics within his club-ready instrumentation. Bouncy opener “All I Need,” which is co-produced by Wesley Curtis, is filled with sharp introspection that tackles what it’s like being an artist on the come up, while the hypnotic “Teen Spirit” follows the story of young folks wanting more from life.
As for why he chose to label this as a “playlist,” Malik explains that the idea is simply something he’s adapted to. “It helps bring some innovation to the way I present my craft,” he says. “Rather than one project, I’d prefer to structure the way I rollout my music as more like a bunch of mini-projects that I plan on continuing to release well into next year…and beyond.”
While he’s looking to the future and what it holds for his art, Malik also has to focus on his next milestone: performing at this year’s Voodoo Festival in New Orleans. The event, which runs Oct. 27-29, includes a number of big names including Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Miguel, and DJ Snake, among others. And for Malik, sharing a bill with those artists means more than he can express.
“Being a kid who would go to school, come home, record, and look for new musicians to work with, the Voodoo Festival was the only outlet to see live performances of that caliber,” he says, explaining that most artists weren’t playing New Orleans until recent years. “We’re going to play our part [in the experience], put the scene on our back, and change things up a bit.”
Playlist: 002 is now available through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms.
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