Something you get in strong supply from Fatty Boomba is good vibes – upbeat music with easily memorable and uplifting melodies, laid out alongside of a generally colourful, rhythmic, pop-inspired soundscape. Mean Machine is the perfect example, there’s plenty to enjoy from the offset, but in addition – when it comes to the song’s hook – there’s undoubtedly a whole lot more to appreciate.
Mean Machine is a huge song, yet it’s something of a slow burner – the opening verse emerges as that of a simple pop track, an easy going dance rhythm with a gentle leading voice drives the song’s story-line through in an accessible way. As things progress, a feeling of intensity starts to grow, energizing you in the process. The pre-chorus adds a touch of distortion, further waves of rising energy, and an overwhelming sense of anticipation. Then for the chorus itself, the song’s central moment – the big finish – the hook hits with brilliant impact.
There’s something very classically stylish about the song and whether it’s nostalgia or freshness or freedom, the result is that it leaves you entranced by the spell of the music. After that first hook, the rest of the song holds even closer to your affection. The melody is familiar now, the build up makes sense – you know where it’s going, you know what to expect and look forward to. That pre-chorus steps up to the stage again, things start to evolve, and this time, when the chorus smashes back into life, you’re completely on board and fully involved in the moment.
This is precisely the kind of pop song that provides both the ear worm required to make you remember it, and the stylish rhythm and soul to make it feel perfectly enjoyable in any number of settings. A well written, well structured, effective piece of music and performance.