Willingboro, New Jersey-based artist, MJM, which consists of Mark J Morgan as the singer and songwriter, has released a new EP, titled, ‘MJM Parables Part 1’.
The R&B singer/songwriter, who cites his influences as Lauryn Hill, Musiq Soulchild and Kanye West, comes from a Christian gospel background. His religious upbringing has led him to include all the components of faith, family, relationships, circumstances and tribulations in his music. MJM Parables Part 1 follows this trajectory, as Morgan attempts to transcend all types of emotions and lifestyles with his sound.
“With You” is a soothing, powerful track filled with ethereal and magical R&B tunes. The bluesy approach to the song also makes it a soulful rendition. The assured singing from Morgan elicits the type of confidence that could only come from a veteran artist, and after dealing with a hard day of work, his music is something great to relax to.
“Parallel” has smooth beats that course through the vulnerable lyrics and emotional conceptuality. The solid track channels a hopeful and never-ending approach, as when listeners near the end of the track, they will only wish to hear more. The enthused vocals infused in the track melds Morgan’s muses and his influences.
“Hold You Down” is a track filled with hip hop nuances. Here, Morgan raps in a whirl wind stance and his quick and keen delivery is accompanied by Delanor Page’s manner in extinguishing his own stylish beats. This track definitely drowns in some great beats.
“Human Nature” has a great flow as Morgan does some more free-styling with his rap. The track loosens up towards the end as Morgan does a shout out to PDub, to those who support the ministry, and Delanor Page.
The final track, “For The Culture” is accompanied by a smooth piano melody at the start of the song. The track is filled with Morgan’s charisma as he introduces some of the world issues on this track. The song follows a brief diatribe of current events and people in the media. Morgan dedicates this song to everyone.
The transfixing tracks on MJM Parables Part 1 EP are all swathed in harmonic layers and follow a great beat. Be sure you give these tracks a listen – they will be sure to captivate! 8/10