Chattanooga musician Swayyvo has never been one to limit himself -- as a producer, rapper and multi-instrumentalist, he constantly pushes himself to find new and more creative ways to explore his influences. And whether he's tackling a more jazz-centric sound or something that incorporates southern bounce and neo-soul, he always seems to know exactly what he's doing and how best to relate his inspirations to his audience. Possessing a versatile voice and a penchant for mercurial saxophone riffs, he never looks for the easy way out, opting instead for something that challenges him and forces him to confront the recesses of his experiences.
He's been releasing songs and videos at a decent clip lately, finding welcome collaborators willing to match him step for step, or simply handling everything himself. And it's in this willingness to work through his muses in different ways that makes him such an interesting figure in Chattanooga's music scene. He doesn't cling to outdated trends or attempt to ride the coattails of any specific fashion; he simply tries to show us the extent of the sound that is in his head. And by embracing a wider range of aesthetics, he's able to connect his various musical inclinations into a coherent line of thought, with his words and sounds finding that perfect balance of melody and flow.
For his latest single, "Heaven On Earth," he explains that "this song is my take on the neo-soul music I grew up on, and also to show my versatility as a well-rounded artist." He handles the production duties, and as a result, you can hear his distinctive style interwoven throughout every part of the track. From the shimmering synths to the clacking beat and eventual sax eruption, the track bears Swayyvo's inimitable touch. His voice can be smooth, reaching those rhythmic peaks with a comfortable ease, but it can also leave a substantial mark, with pathways running all through your heart.
"Heaven On Earth" is another in a long line of tracks that shows just how malleable the hip-hop genre can be -- it can incorporate almost any other genre's impressions without sacrificing its own identity. And Swayyvo knows just how to build a song from disparate musical approaches so that it never seems forced but is shown to be seamless and filled with an irresistible energy. His vision of hip-hop isn't guarded nor is it weighed down by expectations or unnecessary assumptions. It's open-ended, a broad landscape of possibility and opportunity, and on this song, he allows us a brief glimpse of the world as he sees it.