Trap beats swirl around some thumping, pumping piano (is that a Korg M1pre-set I hear?) that’s immediately reminiscent of the sort of 90s tunes that troubled the charts with a slick regularity.
Utilising a unique keyboard voice throughout that sounds simultaneously spooky and as if it has been recorded/created underwater, On Ya Mark is a smart and fast-moving slice of savvy pop.
Fresh, raw, uncompromising, honest, intelligent and focused, Knocks really delivers. It’s a visceral, entertaining delight, packaged with a whip-smart video and attitude in spades.
An artist armed with authority and vulnerability, an intoxicating control of her instrument and its vibrato, LePage stomps all over this tune with the confidence normally reserved for a superstar. Remarkable song, remarkable artist.
The word here is impressive, with Elina amply displaying some fine contemporary nous and songwriting, with Beyonce levels of vocal control and with something of a signature sound, too.
In terms of construction and a high-gloss finish, We Are One does a great job of delivering a positive message in a bright, contemporary way with loads of pop nous.
Raw, fresh, no autotune in sight, Jack Da Union put across a narrative with great clarity. The lead vocal is laid back, swagger-filled, unconcerned, close to the mic and in our faces. It’s a classy piece…
Blissed-out hip-hop hypnosis doesn’t come more nicely packaged than this. As it is, Iris is an accomplished and engaging instrumental that deserves some extra ingredients.
Fusing the better parts of all that’s uplifting and energizing about music in general, Energy is everything the title promises and then some, progressing from a simple swagger of a moment to something multi-layered and fully immersive.
No effects or filler necessary – The Project tackles the topic of the opioid epidemic in a harsh and cutting way, reaching out in a manner that’s vague yet poetic enough to hit anyone with impact.
Consumed brings through a conceptual playlist that lays bare an artist showcasing a certain balance between that which is deeply personal, and that which is a little more vague and broadly accessible.
There’s something about this artist and this sound that just breathes innovation into the scene. At the same time, the softness and humble delivery of that leading voice is so quietly confident that there’s an additional level of realness and even something slightly endearing about the whole thing.