Destiny Malibu drops new Single

“You’re too good with that sweet persuasion” proclaims Destiny Malibu in the opening line of her new single “Sweet Persuasion,” her vocal as cutting as the melodies that will soon surround it in colorful high definition sound. Anyone who has listened to Malibu’s much-publicized recent work knows that this is one artist who has a voice capable of winning just about any sort of audience over, but in “Sweet Persuasion,” she pushes her vocal to the limit and ends up delivering what might be her most prolifically melodic sound so far – which, as many are aware, is really saying something.

Lyrics aren’t the only evocative element that Malibu wields like a razor-sharp weapon in this all-new single; actually, they’re often not even the most communicative component audible to us. Tonality is everything to this artist, and inserted within the melodies of every instrument in her new track we find bits of emotionality that could never be expressed through words alone. While the poetic value of the verses in “Sweet Persuasion” is as noticeably measurable as anything else is, this single just wouldn’t be the juggernaut it is had it been outfitted with any less a brute intensity with regards to the instrumentation.


This master mix favors the bassline more than it does the drums, but it doesn’t reek of inefficiencies on the backend of the track – the exact opposite, really. The structure of the verses allows for the flow of the bass parts to constantly merge with the swaggering pulse of the drums, and though this might have led to almost certain discord in another setting (say, a rock or a hip-hop-stylized song), it works well here because it isn’t stealing any of the thunder away from the most important element of focus – Malibu’s singing. She’s a force to be reckoned with, and that presence should never be impeded.

Malibu’s vocal is one of the more versatile that I’ve heard in a while, and I would really like to hear what she can do with it in a more stripped-down capacity. She’s obviously got the chops to sing a lot of different styles, but it would be interesting to find out how much of her harmonizing is reliant on a larger than life backdrop. Personally, I have a feeling that her star would shine brightly either way, but an acoustic remix of “Sweet Persuasion” could potentially clear things up for any and all fascinated parties – myself included.


If what I’m hearing in “Sweet Persuasion” is just a sample of what is still to come from Destiny Malibu in the next five years plus, she is going to be hard to slow down once she finds the momentum necessary to carry a mainstream audience from season to season. She’s off to a tremendous start just with what I’ve already heard from her, and provided she can build upon the street cred she’s earned as an underground artist in the last few years, I think we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more from her as the 2020s come into focus.

Michael Rand

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