Jastin Martin is a minimalist trap-soul singer-songwriter and producer from Houston, Texas. Maleek Berry is a British-born Nigerian singer-songwriter. Not too long ago, they released an appealing visualizer for their infectious new Afro R&B single, titled, “Replacement,” via Def Jam Recordings.
Jastin Martin & Maleek Berry – “Replacement” visualizer
“Said you’d be different for me, now you saying different things. I gave you everything, but everything just not what it seems with you. I told you to send me that location, you won’t give me an explanation. I know competing for a place, it’s time for a replacement.” – lyrics
‘Replacement’ tells an intriguing tale about a young woman who feels she needs to replace her untrustworthy companion. Even though he doesn’t want to see her go, she still wants to leave him because what she’s experiencing in their relationship isn’t real love, it’s something else that feels rushed. Therefore, she tells her partner, “Say no more feelings, no more trying. If I stay, I’ll lose my mind.”
‘Replacement’ serves as a savory taste of what listeners can expect to hear on Jastin Martin’s upcoming debut album, entitled, MISS ME YET? The vibrant, rich collection will showcase Jastin’s vulnerability and versatility as introduced on “Right My Wrongs” and “Why Not?” Release details of the album will be announced in the weeks ahead.
‘Replacement’ also follows mildly on the heels of Jastin’s breakthrough single, “Right My Wrongs,” whose acoustic video performance has accumulated over two million YouTube views in its first month out.
Jastin Martin – “Right My Wrongs (Acoustic)” video
Jastin Martin’s family exposed her to a musical kaleidoscope: Bob Marley and Brooks & Dunn (via her grandfather); Lenny Kravitz and Evanescence (via her mom); and zydeco (via her Louisiana grandmother). By 16, Jastin was making her first studio recordings. At 20, while attending the HBCU Grambling State in Louisiana, Jastin picked up the guitar and taught herself how to produce.
Jastin began diligently posting original songs online in 2016, building a loyal organic following with her hushed, guitar-lined confessions. Her soft-spoken sultriness and hard-hitting candidness on early breakout tracks “Again” and “Reassurance” struck a chord with new fans. “Again,” for example, was a soulful take-down directed at a lying love interest that she wrote in a mere 30 minutes in her car.
“I bet you wish you could rewind.”
“My writing is so detailed that I wouldn’t have to tell anyone a song is about them – they would know it,” Jastin says. That sincerity graces her posts on Instagram and TikTok, where she deconstructs her songs and offers valuable life advice, too. Whether she’s writing lyrics in her bedroom, at the local park, or figuring out a melody to a guitar loop from her rooftop complex, the process remains intimate, pure, and organic.
“I’ll even cry sometimes when I’m just writing and playing my guitar at the park. It’s a feeling of emotion like no other,” she admits. That rawness translates into moody, silky neo-soul that’s as cathartic for her as it is comforting to listeners. “If I’m gonna give something of myself, I might as well give all of it.”
Jastin Martin and Maleek Berry – “Replacement” single
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