Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HEAR THIS: Chanelle & Sean Ray are "On One"

I'm smiling so hard right now.

Double the stellar indie artist, double the fun -- and even better? They are brother & sister. Sean Ray (a mixture of Drake and Chris Brown, but with supreme class to go with his Pretty Ricky-esque sex appeal) and Chanelle Ray (Keri Hilson meets Ashanti in an Aaliyah blender) have both carved their own path via the mixtape/underground promotion circuit for a few years now. Without fail, every few months I hear of a brand new cut from either of these two and am always pleasantly surprised to hear it's sounding harder, clearer, crisper and tighter than the last. In terms of independent artists, it takes a lot to impress me, and in terms of a scale from 1 to 10, Sean and Chanelle are sold 9'.999s solo, but together, they are total dynamite.

Their latest output is a glossy video for their remix of DJ Khalid's Rapper Summit that is "I'm On One" (featuring Drake, Lil' Wayne and Rick Ross). Hype remixes are a dime a dozen, especially in the urban arena, but this stands out for its stark production quality. The song serves as an introduction to the pair, both as they work collaboratively and as separate solo artists. Why either of these two haven't been signed already is completely beyond me.

The Ray family has some serious genes. To download the song for yourself, click here.

Chanelle Ray's single "High Heels", one of my favorites of her buzz cuts, was featured during my stint at Resolution Radio. You can also check out her music video for the single, "Baby Boy". Sean Ray has an intense amount of material available for perusal via his YouTube account, my favorites being baby-making jams like "Scream" and "Athlete". You can also check out my interview with him from mid-2009 (!!) here.

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