Andra Day, “Rise Up (JR Nelson Remix)”

By way of Brooklyn and D.C., JR Nelson has a genre-bending sound that teeters on multiple fine lines between solid pop, R&B, and future bass. His influences from both cities act as connective tissue as D.C.’s underground future community blend with New York’s signature indie pop aesthetic: something made incredibly clear with his remix of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” from earlier this year.

Since then, JR Nelson has shown muscle as a member of the Closed Sessions family and has grown even more into his own as a performer and as a producer using this time to further discover himself as a musician.

His most recent release, a remix of Andra Day’s “Rise Up,” is captivating. Flaunting his mystifying ability of blending pop with niche sensibilities, he elevates the piano heavy ballad into electronica fueled bliss and arranges a piece of music which soars beyond the expectations we’ve become accustomed to in both future bass and future R&B. This is more than just bangs. It’s gorgeous. Entrancing. And expects you to cry out instead of simply throwing your hands in the air.

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