LA Rapper Dom Giavonni Drops Soulful New EP
Dom Giavonni is a jack-of-all-trades. Growing up in Chicago but now based in Los Angeles, Dom’s a rapper, producer, pianist, and poet, releasing a distinct brand of soul-infused hip-hop, no better exemplified than in his latest EP, Eclectic, an aptly named selection of smooth hip-hop tracks tinged by neo-soul grooves.
Eclectic opens with its title track, a bubbling trap track that offers us our first taste of what Dom can serve up — the miscellany he claims is his signature and, it turns out, is indeed. His delivery is lax, floating and blustery over punchy drum pad beats and trilling synth. On “Ray,” he teams up with vocalist Chrxstal Sarah for a jazzy, sax-filled slow-burn. The wordplay is quicker here and Dom’s delivery is smoother, spat out over a drowsy neo-soul arrangement. On “Hughes” ft. Kamari Wells, Dom Giavonni returns to cool, relaxed delivery steady over a bluesy, woozy melodic line.
The halfway point of Eclectic finds the brief “Baldwin (Interlude),” pounding with staccato percussive beats and warring verses that bounce off each other as the arrangement blooms in the distance. “Davis” ft. Taylu is one of the dreamiest, most old-school efforts on the EP — there’s a head-bopping beat that seems to ping-pong around the track’s low pumps of jazzy R&B rhythms. Eclectic ends with “Nikki” ft. Bcray, Taylu, and G Bautista, a fleeting romp that finds Dom giving his most quick-witted, fast-paced delivery yet among an upbeat arrangement of key trills, percussive pulses, and vocal camaraderie, a hopeful end to an eclectic EP that allows Dom Giavonni to offer up his many skills as a producer and songwriter.