“Deeper” is ultimately a tale of hardened empathy. Perfectly soundtracked by Madlib’s deft flip of The Ledgends 1970 B-side cut “A Fool for You,” Gibbs runs through five years in less than four minutes, detailing a relationship nearly ruined by the initial attraction, the following separation of both parties, and the evidence of what their loving and mutual time spent together produced. The beat couldn’t be more on point either. Siren strings loop endlessly, pulling you closer and closer while fractured vocals cut in and out like the second guessing of time spent apart. And the drums bump like a dude beating his head steadily against the idea of his significant other’s infidelity.
“Deeper” is one of the most fundamentally human songs you’ll hear all year (but if you’re like me, you’ve been bumping this for some time now). Featured on the stellar Piñata LP, the video is the third in a series of Gibbs and Madlib tracks to be directed by Jonah Schwartz, all of which are worth your time. Bonus: Derek Jeter makes a guest appearance (kinda).