Malcom Todd's 'Sweet Boy' Is a Coming of Age Triumph For the Rising Star


LA-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Malcolm Todd has finally released his highly-anticipated mixtape Sweet Boy. Drawing inspiration from renowned artists such as Steve Lacy, Smino, and Dominic Fike, Todd seamlessly blends groovy production with intricate vocal layers to create his unique R&B sound. Including a new arrangement of tracks filled with some of his most beloved tracks, Sweet Boy is an album's worth of previously released fan favorites and newly released soon-to-be favorites.

Opening up about the record, the 20-year-old artist shared with OnesToWatch, "Sweet Boy is a reflection of the feelings and inspirations I had in my last year as a teenager. It was a good time."

The mixtape opens with the focus track "Earrings," which bursts with vibrancy from the start. Understated percussion, grooving bass lines, retro-infused keys, and guitar riffs usher in Todd's bright and, for lack of a better word, sweet vocals, which croon over the stellar production lines about love. The track culminates in a psychedelic collage of sound and fuzzed-out harmonies that leave the listener with a simple and straightforward message from the artist, "Okay, well, I hope you like my mixtape."

"Roommates," like a lot of this 16-track body of work, envelops listeners in a wave of nostalgia. The guitar melody and bass complement each other beautifully, creating a catchy and infectious rhythm that resonates in the listener's mind and soul long after the song ends. How Todd effortlessly blends elements of nostalgia with a contemporary sound is a testament to his innate songwriting prowess. His voice interweaves through the song effortlessly, carrying raw emotion and depth with each note. 

The titular "Sweet Boy" depicts yearning and reflection with lyrics like "Can we go home now, it's getting later baby." The song's rhythmic melody intersects with Todd's distinctive vocals, creating an intimate ambiance. The track examines the intricacies of relationships and the bittersweet realization that sometimes it's time to let go of something or someone you love. The irresistible melodies and infectious acoustic guitar loops produce a delightful listening experience alongside his relaxed delivery, which exudes a contagious energy that can make anyone want to dance. One aspect to admire about Todd is that he always stays energized on any song he creates, and it's evident that he's having the time of his life in the studio.

The mixtape closes out with the lovelorn "Mr. Incorrect," a song about someone trying to move on from an ex. It discusses a constant argument in a past relationship and reveals a sense of peace after the relationship ends. The lush production launches the listener into the chorus with dulcet harmonies, soft percussion, and swinging melodies, wrapping the listener in warm sentimentality.

In celebration of its release, Todd will be hitting the road next month for his first-ever North American headline tour, which is almost entirely sold out after upgrading 13 venues and adding second shows in Phoenix, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Kicking off April 15, Malcolm will bring his live show to over 20 cities, including sold-out shows in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall and two sold-out nights in LA at The Fonda! He will also make his first festival appearances at Kilby Court Block Party, Gazebo Fest, and Lollapalooza.

Listen to Sweet Boy below:

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