Jermaine Riley appears to be ready to drop another project since both The Cape Tape and #TheWeekness ended up pleasing his fans and introducing him to a new audience. The first (possible) release from that new set is a little different from a lot of his previous tracks, but it still has the Jermaine Riley spin that make it so satisfying.
The production is a lot different than what we got on Bae and How To Say Goodbye, but it’s not bad. It is a lot darker than what we tend to expect from the singer, but not so dark that it doesn’t work with the theme of the song. One of the things that helps it keep it’s brightness is the pace of the track combined with Riley’s vocals. The tempo seems to switch between up-tempo and mid-tempo depending on the section, but it never feels disjointed. His vocals come across in a sweet tenor and help offset the deeper bass tones that permeate the chorus and create a kind of harmony that is unexpected but welcomed.
The lyrics are bit of a mixed back. While we like the layering of different lines that help flush out the idea of starting a family with the woman in question, there is just a little too much repetition here to completely wow us. Repetition on a track can be a good thing when used properly (Work, Diva, and I’m Too Sexy immediately spring to mind as good examples) and can even cause a song to propel up the charts; but the line between catchy and monotonous is razor thin and this track ever so slightly puts its toe over the line. How Riley sings the track mitigates the effect a lot, but it chorus is going to leave some listeners cold.
One thing that we think other singer should take note of is how Riley translates the trap singing style into something that works for him. Rather than stick strictly with the monotone, hardly any variation way that the style typically is used, he gives his verses a couple of scales in range and traverses them quickly, making the song a lot more melodic than it might have been otherwise while still allowing him to use the more modern style to his benefit. It makes the track stand out in a way that it would not have otherwise and makes you keep listening to hear how the transitions play out.
This is a good buzz track for the singer, but we know he has better in store. We will keep our ears peeled.