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The Fall 2019 Music Room

Featured Album

Several years ago, Daniel Caesar vagabonded from Oshawa, Ontario, to Toronto, washing dishes and living on friends’ couches while he wrote soulful slow jams. His gospel-steeped debut album, Freudian (independent), changed everything. It won him a Grammy, a spot on Barack Obama’s best-of-the-year playlist, and instant admission into the ranks of R&B royalty. Instead of apartment-hopping, he was suddenly flying from city to city, onto the next tour date or session with Kendrick Lamar. 

Labels and producers came calling, eager to make Caesar the next Weeknd with a sleek sophomore album, but he turned them down, opting instead to toil quietly for a couple years and then, unannounced, drop Case Study 01 (independent) this July. It oozes with rebellious verve, stuffed with stubbornly adventurous songwriting instead of shoe-in radio singles. Opener “Entropy” pairs slinky hooks with bristly beats before a ghostly choir melts into a deflated ...

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