That might be one of the best words to capture the enigmatic essence that is Brian Chinn. Whether rolling with his Warm Gun moniker or the real deal, Chinn has proven himself time and time again to be a multifaceted artist, capable of bringing new levels of life to the records he graces. More often than not, I would catch his name in the production credits of songs from many of Seattle’s most notable emcees and singers. However, from time to time, the world would be gifted a little solo cut – generally and unfortunately too few and far between for anyone looking to really dive into the artistry possessed by the Seattle-raised and New York-based Chinn.
With “22 Below,” Brian Chinn arrives back on the scene to showcase exactly what he brings to the table. And the tigerlily-assisted ballad exemplifies precisely why Chinn has earned his spot at the table in the first place.
The song kicks off with tigerlily floating in to lace the initially light production with sensual and impactful delivery, setting the stage for what’s to come from both the artists who make “22 Below” their home. Before long, listeners are hit with the knocking flow of Chinn, whose confident and determined presence juxtaposes wondrously with tigerlily’s airy crooning. The track instantly captures a reflective vibe while highlighting the steadfast importance of moving forward – no strings tying you to the past, just the memories that have blossomed into newfound motivation.
“22 Below” features a real cool energy encompassing the track, which suits the title perfectly. It’s an aura of dusting your shoulder off, recognizing the internal and external shine of the self, and Ric Flair-strutting through life as the radiance of self-love lights the way. Even through the cold, “22 Below” is the epitome of a strikingly warm coolness.
Alongside his vocal contributions to “22 Below,” Brian Chinn handled the production throughout the record. Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone who is even remotely familiar with the multi-instrumentalist. When your talent level and skill set sounds so sleek, why not take matters into your own hands? From top to bottom, the instrumentation on “22 Below” is simultaneously chill and powerful. The engaging vibes found within the sonic landscape of the song are emotive and wavy, coupling with the vocal performance from both Chinn and tigerlily to result in a bop-laden listening experience.
“22 Below” is available now on all your favorite streaming platforms.
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