In the years since his debut, Miguel has cemented his reputation as the modern day alt-r&b eccentric. When he’s not crooning soulfully over spacey, sensuous beats, he’s banging out rock ‘n’ roll chord-progressions and riffs on his guitar. Today, we look at the first encounter we had with this odd and eclectic brand of r&b – the three Art Dealer Chic EPs – released by Miguel in 2012 soon after he had scored his first few hit singles.

The EPs, more than anything else, are a showcase for Miguel’s versatile song-writing abilities as he draws from every popular genre in the spectrum, from indie-rock to dance music. Art Dealer Chic Vol. 1 begins with the arguably the greatest highlight in all of the three EPs – Adorn, an intense rush of passion that takes cues from the ballads of Prince and D’Angelo. That I Do (FTRMX) then suddenly hits us with its avalanche of chaotic instrumentation, but the cool and airy Miguel returns immediately with Gravity, riding on a minimal keyboard groove. Vol. 2 keeps the quality flowing with gems like the pulsating club-banger …All and the guitar-heavy Arch n Point. Meanwhile, Vol. 3’s standout comes with the track Ooh Ahh. Irrespective of whether you’re a Miguel fan or not, the Art Dealer Chic EPs are bound to impress you.

Favorite Tracks: Adore, Gravity, …All, Party Life, Ooh Ahh

Track List
1. Adorn
2. That I Do (FTRMX)
3. Gravity
4. Arch N Point
5. …All
6. Broads
7. Party Life
8. Ooh Ahh
9. Candles in the Sun, Blowin’ in the Wind

Related Links
Miguel’s Website
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Miguel on YouTube
Art Dealer Chic, Vols. 1
Art Dealer Chic, Vols. 2
Art Dealer Chic, Vols.3
Miguel on Spotify