London-based producer/songwriter Royce Wood Junior's new offering "Honeydripper" is an absolute certified scorcher. Opening with a super-sensual guitar solo and a lazy, stompy, almost dubby backing beat, you'll probably find yourself on the verge of walking to the exact tempo of the song, and maybe throwing in a few crotch grabs just for good measure, which might well cause a few odd looks...
However, if people could hear this song at the same time, then it would surely make perfect sense! Pulsing, grooving and, dare I say it, shredding through the verses before glitching and skittering into the first chorus, this is actually very sophisticated and splendidly off-kilter electro R&B music that will make you think about the instrumentation and question what it is you're actually hearing, and I happen to like that a lot.
In addition, where RWJ is so clever is in consistently returning to the refrain "It's only unattainable love I can't do without." This is a hook so smooth it caresses you, helping to round off and justify the excess across the rest of the track, especially the various solos! It almost feels like this section is what gives him the licence to go a bit nuts inbetween.
It doesn't surprise me at all that Royce is rumoured to be working with the likes of Kwabs and Jamie Woon right now, and with the support of Annie Mac and Huw Stephens on Radio 1, might we be hearing more of RWJ soon? Something tells me this track live, either in a Radio 1 session at Maida Vale or at a festival next summer, is not only something to look forward to, but inevitable.
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