PREMIERE: Stay Nice delivers pure listening bliss on Melodramatic

There’s something undeniably captivating about the music of Stay Nice. Over the past number of years, the Melbourne-based artist has crafted a sound that feels simultaneously grounded and explorative; it’s rooted in earthy hip-hop tones, but stretches into new and exciting sonic territories.

With the release of his new solo record Melodramatic, he continues to establish his penchant for crafting immersive gems of sound. If you’re not already familiar with this name, we strongly recommend you change that.

On his new solo record Melodramatic, Melbourne-based artist Stay Nice presents a sprawling slice of hip-hop listening bliss.

Throughout the new album, Stay Nice glides through a blissful concoction of hip-hop, soul, jazz, and R&B to deliver something uniquely his own. With effortless lyrical flow and sprawling production that seems to transcend any concepts of space and time, Melodramatic is the kind of album you can completely lose yourself within.

Across its eleven-track run-time, the album navigates myriad sonic territories—it never sits in one place for too long. The album’s instrumental opener Entree immediately locks you into a dub-inspired groove, while Have You Ever quickly establishes the musical scope of the record. From here, what transpires is an epic sonic voyage; Stay Nice will guide you through lush musical soundscapes and thought-provoking lyrical content.

By the time the album’s closing track Same Ol Song reaches its conclusion, you’ll be left completely spell-bound by Stay Nice’s expansive take on hip-hop.

This is the latest in a string of consistently great releases from the Melbourne musician, but judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes.

In the meantime, do yourself a favour and listen to the new album above.