Smooth summer funk. Smoky vocal delivery and soul-filled instrumentation. How To Love You confidently fills a Mark Ronson shaped hole in the British weekend.
Opening with delicately textured blues-flavoured licks and soft clicks for percussion. The track starts out soft, but with intention. The quick introduction of horns immediately lifts the work. The energy and gleeful smugness known to soul and funk music becomes quickly apparent.
Though the instrumental composition has a classic authenticity, the work has a notably modern production style. Larger dynamic leaps from silence to staccato fractals are surrounded by pristine silence. A certain coloured cleanliness hovers in the gaps between each section that emphasises the depth felt in the mix.
This sense of contemporary approach to an established style is prominent in the vocal performance. Opting for gently meandering and particularly sung melodic work. The voice, as an instrument and in production, is used well in keeping with modern radio pop trends. This, in combination with the immaculate sound-state of the work, results in an immediately accessible form of more musical modern works.
This blend of classic soul sounds and modern mainstream technique is further exemplified in the chorus section of the track. Here the percussion thus far is traded for the likes of sequenced alt-prod or left-hop music that is seeing a prominence in current main field music.
How To Love You is an excellent modernised take on soul-pop. With immediately likeable presence and catchy motifs, the song could easily be a mainstay of summer playlists for years to come.
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