Listening to Smithsoneonâ€™s “Dimensions” EP, introduced to us by our friends at Hot 97, I sunk back into the days when Joe, Donell Jones and Case ruled the airwaves as the established R&B love song crooners.
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Tim â€œSmithsoneonâ€ Smith was introduced to Jazz and Gospel at an early age. His father, a musician, passed down his love for music, encouraging Smithsoneon to play the drums. He mastered the art at a young age, playing in church and school jazz ensemble honors programs.
Smithsoneon began creating rap beats for his friends and dove into different genres including Neo-Soul, Pop and R&B. Once in college he began to fuse the key attributes of these musical styles to create his own signature sound.
The â€œDimensionsâ€ EP is comprised of five songs. The lyrics are usually not-so-subtle cat calls or laments over a lady (think Bobby Valentino).Â When Smithsoneon experiments vocally, the range is sometimes a stretch. Luckily, he always seems to settle back into his comfortable, smooth legato. My personal favorite on the EP is â€œLet Yourself Goâ€ featuring Sean â€œCrucialâ€ Dias.Â The intro has a Take 6 type of harmony, and the groove is just right. On â€œDimensionsâ€ Smithsoneon exhibits his skills as a producer, writer and singer with the help of Dias, Ryan Tedder, Gwenn Bunn and Jenee Miller.
As Smithsoneon continues to hone his skills and mature as a musician and performer, itâ€™s clear he will grow into a substantial vocal range.
Check Smithsoneonâ€™s site for his new EP, â€œDimensions.â€ Sit back, relax, and reminisce on the love.