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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 451's Ominous R&B Is "a Trip"

The underground singer is set to release his new album Night Vision by the end of this month

Obai Ismail often finds himself unable to describe what his music sounds like.

The young crooner, who goes by the moniker 451, crafts rich atmospheric pop songs that teeter on the line between rap and R&B. He is clearly inspired by the hazy atmospherics of Trilogy-era Abel Tesfaye–but without Tesfaye's lumbering execution; instead, Ismail snaps with urgency and hits each note with buoyancy.

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