Photo: Madeleine Dalla
Lucky Daye’s blend of R&B, hip-hop, and funk is sickeningly smooth. Emerging onto the scene in late 2018 with “Roll Some Mo,” the New Orleans–raised artist has gone on to set himself apart from his peers with a swagger that is impossible to replicate. Following the release of his acclaimed debut EP, I, Lucky Daye returns with a single smothered in holy timeless funk.
In a similar vein to Childish Gambino’s landmark funk revival album, Awaken, My Love!, Lucky Daye’s latest single “Karma” channels the spirit of ‘70s era funk and groove to produce a track that is simultaneously steeped in nostalgia and presents a bold new sonic vision. Taking cues from not only funk but jazz and modern-day rap as well, “Karma” never feels like a mere imitation of another artist’s or time period’s style or flow. While the smooth-sailing backing beat could be taken straight from any great funk or soul album, the inclusion of Lucky Daye’s layered melodic tone and a Migos-evoking “brrrrrr,” places “Karma” firmly in a modern-day music vernacular.
Bridging the world of old heads, new kids looking for something outside the realm of the norm, and anyone with a working ear, Lucky Daye is shaping up to be one of the most promising R&B-fueled artists in the game. Currently kicking off the rollout of his sophomore EP, II, and with his highly-anticipated debut album, Painted, 2019 is shaping up to a breakout year for Lucky Daye. It certainly doesn’t hurt he was handpicked by Ella Mai to head out alongside her on the upcoming spring run of ‘The Debut Tour’ either.
Listen to “Karma” below: