In the words of Kendow, ‘We Will Survive The Coronavirus’. His latest hit sees the British producer team up with Vanessa Bartley, and between them, they smash through the craziness of the modern world with a message of hope.
Kicking off we hear a school bell which rings out before a synth lead which fastens us into our seat belts. A beat then laps out with a funky cadence, and we even hear a steel drum effect along the way too. For me, I cannot say I have ever listened to a track quite like this one. It is not just the message which is unique, but the sounds are a prototype in their own right. Also, Kendow brings a new flavour to modern pop which is empowering.
My only pet hate is that the synth lead is loud in the mix. As a result, it conflicts with Vanessa’s bold vocals with her vocals getting somewhat forgotten in the mix. Maybe it could work better with the synth panning further into the left or right space to give Vanessa the air time she craves in the centre? Either way, it is memorable, and her message still leaves no ambiguity.
As the track progresses, we hear a mixture of new sounds popping out, and the beat keeps the energy flowing for the entirety. Also, Vanessa delves deep towards the latter, and the harmonies ring out with echoing effect. It is the hook which is the breadwinner, and cleverly Kendow repeats it regularly which appears to be a wise choice given that it cements itself deep.
So, let’s hope Kendow is right, we all need to get through this pandemic, and this track gives us the hope I am sure everybody wants to hear right now.
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Jack Kirby is a music journalist with plenty of years of experience in music press under his sleeve.