Guest List: Miguel

In terms of persona, Miguel’s is poised somewhere between Frank Oceans’ headcase auteur and Lana Del Rey’s sun-damaged SoCAl rock-star shtick. It’s a bit strained, and his deceleration on Wildheart that he’s “speeding through all those red lights…dreaming of a beautiful exit” (“a beautiful exit”) or his desire to “fuck like we’re filming in the valley” (“the valley”) feel a little edgy-by-the-numbers, but he generally has a great ears for songs (“coffee”) that complement his airy falsetto, and he seems to understand how to reconcile his R&B roots with his more the more experimental sonic motifs of future soul. This playlist, part of Apple’s ongoing “guests” series, looks his guest appearances. It’s great to hear the early collaborations with aughts LA indie rapper Blu.