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Regal The Rare Presents "Blue Goo (feat. Ty Prophecy, Dalè, and Jellybean Johnson)"

The 2021 passing of Minneapolis musical artist Regal the Rare may not

have made Rolling Stone or Pitchfork’s news columns, but nonetheless is

a tremendous loss to the modern music world. Under the aforementioned

nom de plume, Regal Anton-Chavez Francis Bragg’s slender body of music

reflects a fierce creativity and engagement with life that has the

potential to long outlive his all-too-brief twenty-nine years alive.

Stepson to multi-instrumentalist Jellybean Johnson, drummer for

Minneapolis legends The Time and an accomplished solo artist, Regal the

Rare’s posthumous single “Blue Goo” features Jellybean as a guest

alongside other talents such as Dalé and Ty Prophecy. It’s a stirring

and thoroughly entertaining reminder of Regal’s mammoth gifts that won’t

inspire sadness, but rather gratitude that the music remains.


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“Blue Goo” boasts an infectious vibe from the first. The warm yet

relentless pulse at the song’s center invites listeners into Regal’s

musical world and he augments it with shimmering electronic

embellishments. It never clutters the arrangement, however. Handclaps

throughout the opening verse add tasteful percussion and the thumping

bass physically engages listeners. Much of the arrangement works through

a process of accumulation and abounds with transitions.


The chorus will likely be a favorite portion of the song for many. It

supplies a heady payoff from the momentum Regal and his cohorts build

during the verses. There are a handful of inventive shifts and turns

embedded throughout the cut.


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It's a song in a near-constant state of metamorphosis. Jellybean

Johnson’s incendiary guitar contributions during the middle of the song

and close to its conclusion are shrewd additions to the performance.

Dalé and Ty Prophecy’s contributions to the track never overshadow each

other or anyone else’s work but, instead, add to the song’s communal

excellence. This is collective modern pop near the zenith of its

potential.


Regal’s voice has a pleasing and welcoming tenor. Its light tone fits

the arrangement quite nicely and likewise contrasts with others in an

effective way. It’s a testament to his lack of ego or hunger for the

spotlight that he shares the song’s spotlight with other performers; for

Regal, the song’s the thing, rather than any chances for personal glory.


It never runs on too long. His instincts for superior songcraft serve

him well throughout this single. There isn’t any fat weighing down the

recording and the production achieves and maintains a well-calibrated

balance between its disparate components. Despite its pop pedigree, it’s

far from disposable. Regal the Rare succeeds in creating an enduring

example of what pop music can still accomplish in the right hands.


“Rare” is a good adjective for describing Regal Anton-Chavez Francis

Bragg and his talent. He doesn’t come across as some perfunctory pop

merchant looking to cash in but, instead, as a budding auteur who is

just beginning to leave an enduring mark on the musical landscape. Fate

cut his mission short as it so often does with the great ones, but “Blue

Goo” loses none of its attendant punch as a result of his demise.

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