Cautious Clay, the artist from Cleveland whom I’m pretty sure named himself after the great Cassius Clay (or Muhummad Ali, for those not versed in boxing), is an undeniably champion in his ring, having impressed countless critics and tastemakers with his innovative form of alt soul and R&B. 2017 was a big year for him. Aside from immense tracks like Cold War and Joshua Tree, Cautious Clay also collaborated with the likes of Petit Biscuit and Bipolar Sunshine. He shows no sign of slowing down now that we’ve segued into 2018 either, having been selected by Soundcloud as an artist to watch as he prepares to release a new EP next month named Blood Type. He gives us a taste of his Shakespearean eloquence on Juliet & Caeser, a lyrically refined, brassy longing effusion of hip hop, soul, and R&B. Juliet & Ceaser is cozy and intimate, but it also has that urban alt spark and gritty brilliance, like meditative paced King Krule, with some Theophilus London, NoMBe, and Bipolar Sunshine trickling through its rolling waves. Juliet & Ceaser, which Cautious Clay wrote and produced himself, can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

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