When it comes to summer tracks which last longer than lazy days strolling round the park in sandals, or drinking red stripes round the BBQ while you wait for the jerk chicken to finish sizzling; the songs of summer with the most staying power seem to be those that mix the rough with the smooth, complete with a hook more powerful than a fisherman’s rod poised to catch a boat full of trout. Yes those are the tracks with the most clout!
Cast your mind back to the first time you heard ODB and Mariah Carey’s, ‘Fantasy’. ODB and Mya, ‘Ghetto superstar’; or closer to home – 3 of a kinds ‘Baby cakes.’ (Definitely my summer holiday track of 2004 and every summer since, Big ups 3 of a kind on that one!) These 3 tracks have endured for over a decade for the simple reason they all have one thing in common; – they all combine the harder edge of rap / garage MC-ing with a sweetly sung girly hook; making for an irresistible concoction, giving the mandem something to nod their heads to without compromising their screw faces, and the girls something to sing along to on their girly shopping trips with a bag full of swag and sass.
The Coventry couple on and off record, have applied this formula to their single ‘Frontin’ and it’s a winner. Whizzy’s lyrics are honest and mature for his young years; as he shares that his focus is on “Makin’ bangers with my family”; but he is fully aware of the trolls surrounding him who won’t want him to succeed, to which he contests “Gotta stay hard hittin’, viking.” You can’t help but wonder just what it is this young artist has experienced when he wearily claims, “19 soon life’s drawing to an end, brother I ain’t lyin.'” hopefully it won’t be long before an EP release which will expand upon these themes, because I need to know how this 19 year old got so wise, and what life experiences led him to these old soul conclusions! It is startling how someone so young has already ascertained that the most important things in life are the things which money can’t buy; such as – family, making music and his girl Emily Jaye who features on this track.
Emily Jaye’s vocals are clear, crisp and sweet; and will find an audience with those who love Little Mix’s bold and empowering chorus’; or those of us who lean more towards chilled yet self-assured R&B vocals. Although Emily Jaye’s tone is as sweet as bowl of mixed berries fruit salad on a summers day; she delivers her lyrics with just enough edge and certainty to keep the hook on the side of sassy independence rather than love struck co-dependency; which is why I can picture girls from their tweens to twenties singing this to their guys and to each other with a Beyoncé type head switch and a semi screw face; as they singalong with attitude to the confident lyrics, whilst strutting about in aviator rose gold trimmed sunglasses and crop top tracksuits by Victoria secret’s sister brand ‘Pink.’ Sassy sounds all round!
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‘Frontin’ by Whizzy and Emily Jaye