Something’s about to pop-pop! The night is ready for poppin’ The speakers are blaring and “Lights On” is this summer’s sizzling dance track. Miami’s Tony Chevy characteristically smooth, debonair, devours the listener with sick beats and vibes only Miami can produce in this hook-up extravaganza. “Lights On” amplifies the night’s darkness with blinding bass and peppy percussion.
Click, click the opening measures and the Latin-based percussion make themselves known. The emphatic clacking, the attention-getting beat is strong and immediately felt. Feeling like a catapult to a sassy but brassy Latin-fused horn arrangement, the percussion and electronic music bed is a catalyst for a superb, once-in-a-lifetime evening. A chance to really make a lasting memory, and meet that special someone cruising up and down the busy streets.
The chorus “why don’t you turn those lights on, send out an S.O.S.,” really resonated and made me think of peacocking, really owning your sexuality and the essence of confidence. Chevy sings, too, in a way that makes the listener feel like his song is not only about finding that “one” or that date for the night, but finding someone that really shines in a way that only he can see. He’s looking for someone that is the entire package. “Baby,” he sings, like he’s already caressing the woman of his dreams even though he’s searching for her, looking for her siren call. He’s just as flirtatious and ready to mingle, as they say. He’s randy. But he’s not overt sensual about it. Maybe he’s a little shy himself. Nah. Judging by the upbeat tempo and the ready to party attitude, I can surmise that Chevy is ready for whatever the night brings him. The Latin-sounding percussion arrangements fused with the brass horns is delicious. So Miami. So caliente. The brass is just brave enough to call out, with underlayers of intertwined vibes with the electronic beat. The sounds work in tandem, always moving the listener forward. Chevy creates so many vivid images of the colors of Miami streets, lots of blues, yellows, oranges and more. So much to see and so little time. The girl that gives her S.O.S. surely stands out it the crowd of beauties.
Listeners might know Chevy for the 2010 song “I Love The Way”. Chevy recorded the hit song under the name Gabriel Antonio. New name, but still the same confident voice, musicality and penchant for catch songs and tunes that stick like glue. It’s not bubble-gum pop, it’s a more sophisticated dance pop track with Latin leanings. Lean in and don’t stop that thrusting, because “Lights On” leaves the song competition in the dark. It’s a super fun song that will melt away in the hot summer heat, adding life to the party and perfect for the all the windows down-car ride on your daily drive to the grocery store. Hey, maybe you will meet that special someone in aisle nine, singing this song out loud. Ladies show your assets for the boys. It’s still humming in my head.
by Bethany Page