Artists To Watch In 2017: Chris McClenney
CHRIS MCCLENNEY is a name that we’ve been hollering at you for a little while now. We’ve featured a couple of his tracks here at Purple Sneakers including ‘Otherside’, the first single off his soon-to-be-released debut solo EP Portrait In Two. Baltimore born, 23-year-old McClenney has been producing a variety of popular genre-spanning bootlegs, remixes and original works for the past two years.
With only a couple of weeks left in 2016, McClenney has gifted us ‘Headlines’, the second single leading up the release of the EP. ‘Headlines’ focuses on the isolated and emotive lyrics and voice of Chris, whilst the bare-bones instrumental provides syncopated percussion, plucked chords and a rounded bass synth to tie the song together in one big expressive bow.
Off the back of a Californian tour supporting the multi-talented Tom Misch, Chris McClenney has remixed two of his own old tracks turning the already brilliant into the simply outstanding.
Way back in early 2015, Chris released an incredibly soulful four-track EP under the Soulection White Label series which spotlights the “true craftsmanship of each artist from some of the most forward-thinking creators worldwide.” If this EP is anything to go off, Chris has immense musical talent and potential which is only going to propel him forward in 2017.
With a diverse range of inspirations including jazz, R&B, soul, hip-hop, funk and electronic music, Chris McClenney produces a unique soundscape and emotion for every track which leaves us craving whatever is next.
McClenney’s debut solo EP is due to be released in January 2017. Keep an eye out for Portrait In Two as well as everything and anything else that Chris does because we guarantee that it will impress!
Words by Ben Xerri