Khalid Essentials

Khalid Essentials

Thanks to the explosive success of lead-up single “Location,” Khalid was already omnipresent on the R&B scene when he released his 2017 debut album, American Teen. His gentle and inviting voice is often laid over sparse instrumentation, giving it room to breathe. On “Reasons,” he weaves melodically through the hollow beat, articulating sadness; “Coaster” is an aching ballad with a light touch of piano tiptoeing underneath Khalid's lilting and emotive lyrics. He picks up his sonic pace, though, when he collaborates with benny blanco and Halsey on the uptempo “Eastside,” where each of them plays off the electronic bounce of the beat.

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