SINGLE REVIEW: Can’t Wait by FRANCIS GROOVE feat. Nd Friends
Belgian-born producer Francis Groove has just dropped Can’t Wait, the follow up to I Swear, the AM-A collaboration which got to #7 on MusicWeek’s Urban Club Chart earlier this year. Can’t Wait features Miss X on vocals and another collaborative track, this time with Simon Le Saint and Tony G. Can’t Wait sees Francis expand his sonic palette, with an emphasis on stirring melodies and a slightly different style of beat making. Where I Swear was a no holds barred soul house jam, Can’t Wait retains some of those same aesthetics but fuses them to a hip hop groove and true pop sensibilities.
Can’t Wait begins with a signposting intro: a keys-driven sound with silken slick production that sets up the tone of the rest of the song. Miss X’s vocal is in fine form, mesmerizingly gliding across the top. Can’t Wait is about a troubled relationship, which is obvious but it can also be seen to be about hope; more of a warning than a threat. The music nicely reflects this feeling, utilising dynamics in the production to provide tension, drama and moments where there’s a sense of joyous abandon, springing from Miss X’s freed expression. The sound is as lush and luxurious as anything Francis has done in the past. The rhythmic nuances are placed at just the right junctures in the arrangement and, as is the way with any great track, at the service of the melody without sacrificing the pulse of the song. The verses feature a bold and relatable lyric with the chorus divided into two sections, the first of which can be said to be the key melodic component, a cascading and sweet choice of notes that segue into another, a minimalistic vocal hook augmented by Miss X’s high register. There are all the ingredients here for a pop smash: infectious instrumentation, chilled beats, a vulnerable yet powerful vocal performance, catchy melodic parts and a production that shimmers and shines without foregoing the attributes of Francis Groove’s origins and inspirations. It is soulful pop with echoes of EDM that never impinge on the main focus of the track: a blending together of a bold, feisty lyric and the magnetism of memorable hooks.
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