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The early 2000’s Neptunes & Timbaland production era is a magical moment in music; it brought us some truly unforgettable hits you might’ve forgotten about. Remember “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado, “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake, as well as the infamously controversial Billboard #1 rump shaker, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke? These were all massive hits, that would’ve never occurred without the music production pizazz of The Neptune’s Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo, and Timbaland. Why all this early millennial Pop/R&B nostalgia? The first take listens of J. Human’s Pop/R&B Single release, “Nameless” brings me back to that time.

For a Timberlake appreciator like myself, I spotted glaring parallels between him and J. Human. They’re both from Tennessee, though Justin hails from the Memphis side, while J. is from the Music City of USA: Nashville. They both put in grassroots music works early on, but J did it more so on the local side. Instead of tube-touring with the Mickey Mouse Club like Justin, J. Human performed with Nashville area bands wherever they performed. He could’ve perhaps signed on with a boy band to heartily hone in on his craft as a recording artist, but he chose to sojourn into music education, earning a bachelor’s degree in music composition and arranging.

J. like Timberlake was also inspired by some R&B giants like Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and more. Meshing all that drive, evolved talent, and supreme Soul music inspiration together, make for an ever so evidently fire list of releases by J. Human. All of his music can be catalogued on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube Music.   

Head-nod savvy stylistics with some signature Timbaland beatbox, hum-drumming, usher your ears into J. Human’s Pop/R&B Single, “Nameless,” as the track takes you on a journey back to ride higher paced releases like Timberlake’s “Justified” and “FutureSex/LoveSounds.” The liaison of the masterful arrangement and lyrical fervor of Human, lasso together a groove that’s guaranteed to get ya movin’ from start to finish. Lyrics like, “I’m so original, goin’ where no one goes, / wearin’ the same damn clothes… / she thinks I’m magical, wanna get physical,” are sonically hinged with bodacious bridges and salubriously stimulating sung choruses. All in all, the song’s enthusiastic outset to its impassioned ending creates an awesome listen.

If you take a look at J. Human’s online presence, you get a good idea how solid he is a music creator, as well as a performer. Peering into his in depth reasoning for writing on “Nameless,” you get a greater sense of the type of recording artist he truly is. It’s always stimulating to me, to see artists educate themselves, however, their journey placates it. Human asserts himself as a ‘social misfit’ who found solace in the manners of creating music, and his desire to make such attempts more precise, suffice a success in his latest Pop/R&B Single release, that should resonate well with those who give it a listen.

Yes, J. Human reminds me of Justin Timberlake by way of his sound, but also the aesthetic depth of his music. Often, music acts who elongate their creative journeys with true regard for objective openness embrace those who truly make the most of their efforts while making music. Human’s release, ”Nameless,” is not only solid, but it’s also soulful, gratifyingly groovy, and a great way to light up the dance floors this summer. Cop it!

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