DC-born, Chicago-based producer Dee Lilly has spent the last couple years providing soulful sounds for the likes of Mick Jenkins, Jamila Woods and more in the burgeoning Chicago hip-hop scene. 2017 may mark the year he sets out on his own.
His latest track “Confused Emotions” is a wonderful set off point. The three minute track fuses hip-hop with electronic elements to provide a contemplative, thermal soundscape for the cold days to come. The track’s plucky lead melody skips nicely atop the soothing vocals and organ play, adding a playful layer to the instrumental. Boyang Matsapola also played bass throughout the track.
Lilly said via e-mail that he was looking for the song to embody the title: “I was trying to convey a since of being pulled between emotions, like as humans how we believe we are over something until we are confronted with it again.”
He utilized stuttering drums and manipulated the song’s vocals to bring home the effect. The vocals sway through the track’s middle frequency alongside the cozy instrumentation before he pitches them up and turns “Confused Emotions” into modern-day Chipmunk soul. If this track was just a “#rawjamsession,” he’s given us proper intrigue as to what his fully curated project will sound like.
You can listen to “Confused Emotions” below.