Until he’s expelled from the realm of mix-master obscurity, JMSN should be properly introduced. A self-producer, singer-songwriter, occasional beat-maker for TDE’s own Ab-Soul, violinist, guitarist, and smooth jam visionary, his real name is Christian Berishaj (he’s of Albanian descent), and hails from Eastpointe, Michigan.
Berishaj, before settling with his vaguer ‘JMSN’ moniker, performed with mid-00s alt-pop band Love Arcade, and then under the solo name ‘Christian TV’ throughout the rest of the decade. After bouncing around until 2011, he finally kick-started his own label, White Room Records, and immediately dove into the dark, slinky-R&B scene–producing solo material and taking collaboration requests on the side (see: The Game, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole).
With two studio albums under his belt as an R&B crooner, Priscilla (2012) and Pilaje (2013), JMSN fast approaches his next release, a self-titled “blue album” confirmed for arrival on December 9th.
“Addicted” is one of the first singles off JMSN, its rich, succulent production handcrafted by Berishaj himself. JMSN’s instrumental scenery of choice sounds fit for certain dreary male contemporaries (i.e. The Weeknd, PARTYNEXTDOOR); his feel is certainly one of liquored obsession and dreary amour, the ever-viscous themes of this particular R&B subcategory.
Lavish electric violin waves intro the love-strangled track, and the singer’s distorted vocal loops reverberate while a juicily synthed drum sequence brings in thick bass to amplify JMSN’s heart-heavy overcast; “It’s all on my mind, it’s all of the time…think I’m addicted/Addicted to lovin’ you…”