Killisali and Lil Gohan are high as kites on the unbelievably slick remix of “LookWell!”
There’s nothing quite as instantly visual as Killisali’s verse on the remix to her latest track “LookWell!”. Producers Lincoln and Curtiz57 lay down whirlpools of keys and slammed 808 bass as Sali drops in on the mic. Her voice has a glassy quality, cutting through the mix with refined sharpness, not unlike scissors through fabric or a knife through smoke. She sings “Look well on my wrist, yeah, now it is froze”, throwing unexpected lexical twists into common flexes; her watch definitively is froze, and listening to this, you’re going to feel it. Every twist of reverb, every scratch of sibilance against the song’s compression, adds to the arctic feeling, both in temperature and the scene’s perceived infinity. Repetition is a key part of Killisali’s verse, weaving lines together into bars equally armoured and mellow. It becomes impossible to get through the wall of drugs, jewels, and aircraft. The fact that PluggnB tends to sound genuinely crystalline definitely assists, but there’s plenty of vocalists that can’t match Killisali’s autotune flairs, snapping between notes to create bejewelled clusters of sound. At the ninety second mark, this song is confirmed playlist material – and that’s not even mentioning Lil Gohan’s verse .
Lil Gohan’s whole deal is dropping great music at a rapid rate, but he sings with a particularly possessed level of conviction on “LookWell!”. He begins in his normal register, overdubbed for added harmony to contrast with Killisali’s singular glide. A soaring higher tone emerges about halfway through the verse, though, overwhelming the mix and listener with Lil Gohan’s piercing voice. Again, repetition finds importance as Gohan echoes some previous bars. As before standard flexing prevails – “I need me a spliff so that I can fly away, diamonds on my wrist and they cost about a K” is made interesting by accented vowels – the stress constantly shifts and stretches. It’s all incredibly suave.
Those looking for ones to watch will find promising edge in Killisali. Those looking for established talent will find it in Lil Gohan. Those looking for something arresting will find it in “LookWell!”.
Edit 02/02/21 – This remix has been taken down, so the link below now routes to Killisali’s original version.
Listen to “LookWell!” here.
– Jamie (⅓ @108mics)