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Allan Rayman – Tennessee (Prod. Substance) [Audio] #SOTD

Toronto, ONAllan Rayman just hit us with his latest single release titled “Tennessee.” And now I have no choice but to give him demigod status. Because this song is everything. Allan Rayman is one of my favourite things happening in the music industry right now.

So here’s the deal: Allan was selected by to participate their ‘Top Prospects’ campaign. Obviously. Because he’s Allan Rayman. Anyways, he released “Tennessee” for the campaign. This joint will be found on Allan’s forthcoming Hotel Allan, as well as on DJ Booth’s Top Prospects Vol. 3 EP. So keep it locked. Because when Hotel Allan drops, all the panties will be wet.

Allan Rayman - Tennessee (Prod. Substance) [Audio] -

Allan’s music always stems from this dark uncomfortable place of loneliness. But that’s why I find it so beautiful. Allan has a rough edge on him. His delivery is emotionally raw and his vocals are raspy. This particular track kicks off with one of Substance’s signature woozy dream beats. And then Allan does what only Allan Rayman can do, and grips us with all of the feelings. His M.O. is that of a lost boy. He says it himself near the beginning of this joint: “This boy/ He needs no company.”

Loneliness isn’t always a bad thing, though. It also means that Allan bodies independence; both in his musical genre (that I can only describe as a total mind f**k), as well as in how he identifies with his world: “I’m a simple kind of man/ With a simple kind of plan/ Like to keep it low-key.” I think we all crave that way of living.

That being said, Allan is very self-deprecating. He spends most of the second half of this joint questioning why his girl still loves him: “She loves me still/ I don’t know why.” So even though Allan likes to whip out the whole “IDGAF” thing, he also identifies with those feelings of worthlessness that creep up on us all.

So here’s the Cliff Notes version of this song: There are too many feelings here to process. This is the loneliest song I’ve heard so far this year. But it’s also the sexiest song I’ve heard this year. Allan Rayman is the future.

Twitter: @AllanRayman | @SubstanceUnltd

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