Album Review | NomaD Drops 'Grown Tingz'

Reggae with soul and vibrant energy.

Mensch House Records

In late 2016, award-winning producer, composer, and arranger Damon Elliott, suffered a heart attack.

His subsequent survival resulted in his reincarnation as NomaD. He then moved to Hawaii, and began to work on music what eventually resulted in his debut album, Grown Tingz, on Mensch House Records. It was in Hawaii that NomaD hooked up with reggae artist George "Fiji" Veikoso.

Describing Grown Tingz, NomaD says, "It's about the things you go through and how you deal with life in general: the ups and downs, the happy and sad times, and breaking through it all. When you finally have your breakthrough, and you get the feeling of knowing that you are grown – that's what Grown Tingz is all about."

Prior to his renaissance as NomaD, Damon Elliott earned a Grammy award and seven Grammy nominations. With a sound encompassing R&B, gospel, hip-hop, rock, and country, Elliott worked with big artists like Beyonce, Destiny's Child, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Mya, Brittany Spears, Macy Gray, and Deana Carter.

Take It All

Take It All

Grown Tingz is comprised of 14-tracks. Highlights on the album include "Take It All," a song about what happens after love fades. Plush vocal harmonies back up NomaD's richly inflected voice, as the reggae tune flows on a thrumming bass line and one-drop beat.

"Perfect Timing" rides a tight percussive beat with skiffing guitars and bright keyboards. "Flame In The Night" combines cool R&B flavors with a compact reggae groove and surfacing colors. NomaD's voice takes on a searching resonance infused with intense passion.

"Girl You're Beautiful" glows with shimmering reggae flavors atop a crunching groove, as chiming flavors appear in the backdrop, giving the song a splendid surge of energy. The closing track, "Let There Be Light," features a vibrant reggae flow, as well as dazzling harmonies from Dionne Warwick, Billy Ray Cyrus, FIJI, Eli Mac, Morgan Heritage, John Elefante, Makua Rothman, Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flats, Gladys Knight, and Landon McNamara.

Grown Tingz is simply wonderful, rife with mellow reggae hues and delicious sonic savors.

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Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

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PREMIERE | Abhi the Nomad drops new single "Planes"

10 cities, 8 states, 4 countries, 1 Abhi.

Jonathan Swecker

A man with no place.

Abhi the Nomad has lived in 10 different cities, in 8 different states, and in 4 different countries since leaving his native Madras, India. His new LP Marbled out February 9th tells the story of his journey. His journey doesn't sound unfamiliar to others who immigrated to the US. In fact, it sounds a lot like many of my international friends and colleagues I went to school with. Part of Abhi's journey was being denied another visa after college due to immigration laws. Abhi was torn from his job, girlfriend, and friends and forced back to India due to this hitch in the road. He quickly relocated to France and was able to come back to the US thanks to acceptance into a graduate program. Though frustrating and isolating, Abhi has always had music to turn to throughout these tumultuous times and Marbled is a product of that.

Abhi is no stranger to having to up and move at a moment's notice. He didn't add the modifier "The Nomad" to his name in this latest case of relocating but when he was very young. From a young age because of his father's job, Abhi has had to reluctantly move 8 times over the course of 18 years. From Madras, India to Beijing, to Hong Kong, to New Delhi, to the Fiji Islands, to New Delhi again, then finally in Thousand Oaks, California where he finished high school. Throughout these years, he's been writing songs that eventually became the outline to Marbled.

Listen to "Planes."

While Abhi continued to fines and work on Marbled, he released "Floors" and "Underdog" and created a buzz online. He eventually signed with Tommy Boy Records creating the opportunity to release Marbled that has ultimately been a lifetime in the making. Today Abhi the Nomad premieres with us his latest single from the highly anticipated LP. "Planes" has a certain smoothness and swagger to it. It's soothing in a way. The funky, groovy bass-line has a way of saying, "it's going to be alright." I love the instrumentation as a whole. Not only does it work incredibly well in tandem, each individual line takes you by surprise at just the right time. Abhi the Nomad has been compared to Childish Gambino. In ways, he also reminds me of Donnie Trumpet and this particular tracks rapping style gives me hints of the unapologetic delivery of Broadway hit Hamilton.

Listen to "Marbled" here.

If you can't wait for Marbled which Hot New Hip Hop calls, "funky, lyrical, and slightly weird," you can check out some of Abhi's other singles that have been released in anticipation for the album. So far he has released the title song "Marbled", "Sex n' Drugs", and "Mama Bling."

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Anie Delgado is a contributor to Popdust and is an actress and musician based in NYC. Follow her on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter and check out her music on Spotify. Press inquiries here.

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