William S. Burroughs said, "An artist must be open to the muse. The greater the artist, the more he is open to 'cosmic currents.' He has to behave as he does. If he has 'the courage to be an artist,' he is committed to behave as the mood possesses him." Nowadays, I consider buying a record only when it sounds like the artist was possessed "” smart enough to allow individual soul sounds to take over mind, body, and production.
Norwegian artist Cashmere Cat, aka Magnus August HÃ¸iberg, has reached a certain level awareness early on, and you can tell because although he manages to contain hip-hop and R&B nostalgia, he conveys existing sound with unique, lustful interpretation, and the totality of each track is distinctly and deliciously his own.
BBC's Zane Lowe first premiered "Wedding Bells," the title-track off Magnus's EP, which is out now. You can find it on iTunes here.