We’re kicking off the weekend with some serious retro-vibes here at Hear Me Raw HQ with the debut single from ‘Woolfman and JStew’.
We aren’t lying when we say that this song is quirky, and it might well take a few listens for you to ‘get it’. The first time we clicked play, we sat there dumbfounded for the four minutes playtime, our mouths acting as if they had ten-pound weights attached to the chin. It took another three listens before we were able to summon any words at all, and the first to escape was a slightly fazed ‘ok?’.
The track is, however, as catchy as the common-cold and by the fifth listen we were compelled to ‘listen to the beat’ for eternity.
The house-beats are pretty standard: thumping and club-ready, although that’s not to say that they aren’t accomplished. It is the more unusual elements that really make this track interesting: the fusion between the jazz inspired-vocals, the theatrical injections of piano and the campy use of vocal distortion.
Whilst the beats bring to mind 90s Chicago House, the lyrics sound as if they have come straight from the Great American Songbook (‘I dream a little dream/and when I wake I often dream of you’ sounds like it could almost be a Ella Fitzgerald line). This certainly isn’t your standard cut and paste house mix. And we dig it… we think.