Music Review: Still Up All Night EP - Eli Sostre
Have to admit that I wasn’t too familiar with Eli Sostre before last week. I’ve seen his name pop up a few times as he’s toured with an artist by the name of Amir Obe whose music I mess with heavy, so when I decided to take in Eli Sostre’s latest project the Still Up All Night EP, I was listening with virgin ears (pause if applicable).
Eli comes from the womb of the new generation of what I like to call Trap&B or Wave&B which is the best way to describe the sound, a sound that I’m a big fan of. Melodic harmonies and catchy cadences over dark eerie trunk rattling production. Music that can be played on night drives, in the strip club, and during nights in with a lady friend and the vice of your choice.
Still Up All Night is an 11 track EP filled with everything you need to get any of the above 3 scenarios crackin’. One thing that stands out with this project is the production (much of which is handled by produced Soriano and Eli himself) from top to bottom. This is apparent from the first track and title track of the project Still Up All Night that almost serves as a precursor and sets the tone for the entire project; from the mid-song beat transition to the content it definitely starts the project off with a bang. From the intro it is clear that Eli is of the Trap&B cloth of artist who combine the melodic finesse of an R&B singer with the trap infused cadences and delivery of a rapper.
One of my favorite tracks on the project is New Pirelli, which was dropped prior to the release as a single. This track is 4 minutes of pure finesse over heavy hitting production with a bass line strong enough to make the check engine light turn on in any small vehicle. If you’re looking for something a little bit lighter that you can listen to with shorty but at the same time has a bounce that would make for a nice lap dance experience in your favorite strip club, my top choices would be Pick it Up which is co-produced by Eli himself. Call Up and Birds Chirping are also 2 other records that are stand out favorites of mine on the project from top to bottom.
Another piece of this project that needs to be highlighted is producer Soriano who has a hand in the majority of the songs on the EP. He’s seemed to master the art of Wave&B production, a feat that only a few have been able to get a grasp on and execute consistently. Soriano seems to come from the school of Noah “40” Shebib, in which all of his production seems to be made with long drives at night time around the city in mind. I’m definitely excited to see what else he cooks up down the road.
All in all, I didn’t know too much about Eli prior to being put on to him last week but this project has definitely made me a fan. From content, to the dynamics of the stellar production, Still Up All Night is absolutely a project that should be in your music library and I’m excited to see what else the boy can come with in future. Until then I’ll most definitely have this project in heavy rotation. Listen below and enjoy.