“A catchy stream of percussion that features intricate hi-hat and snare variations dominates the instrumental portion of the track, but McClenney’s irresistibly smooth vocals are the true star here.”
-THIS SONG IS SICK
Closing out a year that saw a co-writing credits on Khalid’s smash “Location,” production credits for Thatshymn, D.R.A.M, H.E.R, Sango, and Elujay, and a residency at NYC’s legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Chris McClenney is releasing his final single of the year titled “I Ain’t.”
A continuation of his now established sound that fuses Soul, R&B, Bass, Jazz, Electronic, and Hip-Hop elements, “I Ain’t” again features McClenney’s top-line that alternates between smooth vocals and a rhythmic Hip-Hop vocal delivery. The single also features a myriad of organic instrumentation including drums, piano, and guitar. Another ballad to add to McClenney’s constantly expanding discography, “I Ain’t” is the ideal laid-back groove to close out the year.
If unfamiliar with McClenney before now, 2017 saw the release of critically praised debut artist EP “Portrait In Two” that received positive reviews from outlets including FADER, Okayplayer, Solange’s Saint Heron, and more. In addition, to his solo work and many collaborations this year, he also was invited by Spotify to do a rendition of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” as one of their “Spotify Singles” that has clocked in over a million plays. He also could be caught live alongside singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelly as part of Red Bull Sound Select tour.
Up next for McClenney, he is gearing up for the release of a soon-to-be announce EP out in early 2018.