SINGLE REVIEW: Nights Like This by Princeloo
With his Caribbean influences proudly worn on his sleeve Australian musician Princeloo has mixed exotic cadences and dancehall rhythms to create an interesting and exciting blend of electronic dance music. Having posted various projects online in the past, which have helped build Princeloo’s social media status, Nights Like This is his first foray into mainstream dance-pop territory and what a debut it is. Taking his cues not only from his background—Princeloo was born and raised in Haiti—but from such EDM luminaries as Afrojack, David Guetta and Alesso. ‘We live for the night,’ the chorus proclaims, and we believe it. The production seems to reflect this truism in spades with its drops and stops and contagious machine rhythm patterns allowing the melodic appeal of the tune to soar high above the surface. From that very first shout out introducing Princeloo, we know what we’re getting: it’s pure up vibe, from the rap-tinged verses to the builds, and when the chorus kicks in its a full-blown dancefloor demolishing affair. The female accompaniment is the quintessential vocal partner on this record generating the perfect balance between sweetness and high-energy. The hooks are everywhere and hit you at a heart-halting pace. Despite the production’s glossy sheen it doesn’t feel laboured and the track is, in fact, quite sparsely populated aside from the twin lead vocals taking up most of the spotlight. Radiant synths dart in and out and keep the urgency of the rhythm in play as well as providing splashes of sonic colour and texture. The performances from Princeloo and his associates are emotive and assertive yet contain some traces of youthful exuberance which give the record a sense of overall yearning. Nights Like This is a powerful debut and sure to help create a broad and loyal audience for Princeloo’s brand of dance-pop.
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