Something to Feel, the follow-up to Mac Ayres' attention-grabbing debut Drive Slow, opens with a groovy beginning: A catchy drum line and soft, scratchy beats lay the foundation for Ayres' soulful, crooning voice — creating the distinct R&B sound Ayres has rapidly made his signature mark in the last year.

At only 21 years old, NY-native Mac Ayres brings a surprising and soothing wisdom to his music, and Something to Feel is no different. His gorgeous production and thoughtful lyricism shine through "Waiting" and "This Bag". And the raw, simple emotion and dreamy bass on "Get to You Again" makes listeners feel exactly what the title suggests — a longing to reunite with the person you love, nothing more and nothing less.

Check out the newly released video for "Get to You Again" and our interview with Ayres below.

Eda Yu: Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you first start making music and why?
Mac Ayres: I’ve been singing my whole life. I always got a lot of joy out of it, which naturally made me stick with it. I started playing keys when I was 11. Guitar when I was 16, and producing when I was 18.

Which influences have most shaped your sound?
Stevie Wonder, J. Dilla, Michael Jackson, D’Angelo

Your latest release, Something to Feel, dropped a couple months ago. What was the inspiration behind the album?
I'm inspired by the practice we put in and by being around creative people. It’s paying homage to my progression as a person, and getting out of my own head.

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How would you say your sound has evolved from your debut EP, Drive Slow?
Just another year of life under my belt. That means another year to practice, write, and just experience things. I’ve been playing a lot more guitar. I wrote most of Drive Slow on keys.

What’s your creative process like? Do you feel like all the touring and attention on your work has changed how you make music?
Nope. My friends and I just wake up and make music every day, and it doesn’t really seem like anything could change that.

Where do you generally draw inspiration from?
My life and my experiences

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What do you want people to take away from your music?
Anything they want. It’s not my place to make anyone take something specific away from my music!

Your North American tour is coming up next month. What’s your favorite part of being on the road? Is there a particular memory that comes to mind?
I mean what’s not to like? Just traveling the world with my best friends. Nothing better!

What do you have planned next?
Moving to LA. Making more music.