Danny Dymond’s music explodes onto the scene with a perfectly energizing fusion of classic EDM and modern pop. City Slickin’ is an underground hit from the album Nightlife, Love & Liberty, and it introduces the artist and this particular project in a bold, bright, and memorable way.
The track erupts into the room in the way that any well-crafted, pristinely built dance track should – the beat is complex yet appears smoothly, the multi-layered synth backdrop surrounding it offers unstoppable levels of colour and vibrancy, and this is all before you even get to the character and lyricism – the melody, the human touch.
As a leading artist, Dymond offers confident and striking vocals that fit in genuinely and effortlessly with this sort of hype and upbeat vibe. This comes through in his ability to shift from the mellow verses, even the near-spoken-word final verse, to the higher ended, much more hard-hitting and passionate hook. It’s a strong hook, energetic and uplifting but not overly mainstream or cheesy as some pop-dance fusions tend to be. It feels like there’s something cool and intentional about the song, and indeed about this album in full.
There’s confidence and theatrics in small doses, every moment is fresh and interesting, but there’s also a lot of heart. The melodies and many of the lyrics present this realness in an entrancing way. However, that being said, it’s undoubtedly the overall vibe and bounce of the music you’re likely to take away with you. This is what you’ll return for, this is why you’ll turn it up loud. The good times are needed now as much as – if not more – than ever, and this could well be the soundtrack to that for so many music fans.