Miami-based R&B riser Steven A. Clark has been doing just fine on his own thus far if the stunning collection of free music on his website is any indication. On the strength of regal slow jams like “Don’t Have You” and quiet storm edits like “F.U.C.K. Pt. 1,” he became one of our 5 Best New Artists for October. But while Clark is perfectly happy writing, producing, and performing his songs, he was also quite inspired by the opportunity to dive into an impromptu collaboration with a group of Philadelphia musicians for the video above.
Curated by Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian label boss Chris Swanson, the Shaking Through series picks 10 “awesome independent musicians” each year to write and record a song in two days. For the low-flying and soulful “Bounty,” Clark works with members of War on Drugs, Ava Luna, and Man Man to achieve an incredibly rich sound. The short above not only delivers the end result, but serves as a miniature documentary on the process. “I want to do it like that every time,” Clark says at one point. We see no reason to object to this beautiful union.