“I’ve got so much feeling bubblin’ inside / And you seem surprised” croons a mischievous Dynamyte at the start of her new single “Show Me You,” her first release as a solo artist independent from the moniker she shares with her brother MkX, Michael & Marisa. This multi-instrumentalist and songwriter has made some amazing work prior to now, having earned slots in M&M as an opening act for Top 40 stars like Ariana Grande. “Show Me You,” she shows off a slightly more sensuous side to her craft that is possibly even more intriguing (and inviting) than anything she’s created in the studio before.
“Show Me You” is so much more than just a showcase in rhythm and rhyme; from where I sit, its textural dispatches are frequently just as captivating as any of its actual lyrics are, and to some degree, the instrumental foundation of this song is constructed more around the melodies than the beats (mostly in the chorus, which is undeniably its most exciting juncture). I like that Dynamyte wasn’t playing it safe when she stepped inside the booth to lay this track down because next to what most of her peers would have done, hers is a much more ambitious solo effort by leaps and bounds.
There’s a lot of detail within the harmony between the bassline and piano that gets highlighted in the mix, but I think it’s important to note that none of the sparkle in “Show Me You” sounds as though it were created using additional bells and whistles only accessible when using advanced recording software. MkX is in the producer’s chair here, and his trademark tenacity behind the soundboard definitely ensured that we’re getting all Dynamyte and zero fluff in this elaborate exhibition of her skills.It would be really interesting to hear Dynamyte tackle some bluesy material in the wake of this track’s success, if for no other reason than to see just how well she can manipulate the soulful melodicism she’s wielding here in another setting.
Michael & Marisa showed the whole world how much talent this Brown University graduate undisputedly has, but with the emergence of her new solo material under this brand, Dynamyte is establishing herself as an indie powerhouse who doesn’t need any help when it comes to making incredible music. The future is wide open for this artist at the moment, but if there’s anything we can learn from this MkX-produced gem, it’s that she isn’t going to back down from a melodic challenge if presented with one in or out of the studio. For Dynamyte, smart poetry plus soul-pop grooving equals pure magic, and I don’t think she should change a thing about this current recipe.