With just enough echo of past soul icons, Isaiah Steward makes music that both thoroughly embraces the present and paves a way into a bright future. Down For Me exists at a point where chilled R&B, slick and sultry pop and intelligent slow dance grooves all meet. The beats are wilfully lazy creating a swaggering coolness and the spaces between are filled with all manner electronic textures – hazy washes, skittering trap percussion, bubbling synth – and enough glitchy inclusions to move this just left of the mainstream and into a more discerning if not quite underground environment.
And that is the trick isn’t it? To deliver something that conforms just enough so that it has plenty of chart capital but which is also fresh and different enough to catch the ears of the more left-field movers and shakers. Add to that a voice that is both easily accessible and sounding original enough to stand out from the crowd and you have to say that Isaiah Steward has it all pretty much covered.