“Kiss From A Rose” was huge back when I was growing up. Seal was at the top of his game and Joel Schumaker hadn’t completely destroyed the Batman movie franchise yet. I mean, honestly, if not for Jim Carey playing the Mask - oh wait, never mind, that was the Riddler. Same difference. Point is that Seal’s smooth voice bridged a gap between groups like R&B supergroup Boyz II Men and pop music. Today electronic music has become the norm and there’s not as much soul in our music; it’s like everyone is so doped up on electronic sounds and American Idolatry that they lose the meaning behind why we love music in the first place. Luckily drum and bass saves our bacon yet again with Madface’s Hold On featuring the soulful sound of Benji Clements.
The title track - which is all I will cover because the VIP track will blow you away and it should be savored - begins in the middle of the drum solo from Whiplash. It’s an insanely fast set that instantly hooks you and you are geared up for more when suddenly out of left field the drums and piano (which you barely notice the first time you listen to the track) dissipate into the soul-filled vocals with higher octave piano. “I’ve been waiting and the time is right.” As those last words echo the drums kick back in full force and we can’t hold on anymore as we hit the dance floor.
If not for the vocals this would be a track that really isn’t very layered or complicated. The piano is fitting and the instruments really sync together well, but honestly it isn’t that different from what you’ve heard before. It’s the correlation between the vocals and the beat that drive the track, and the lyrics themselves are pretty powerful even though they are simple and there aren’t many of them. As I said above, you feel Benji’s pain and you just want to go on for him by dancing your heart out. The dance floor calls us out to express that we understand - and we do understand from deep within, but we’re not cuddly people - so we’re just going to be out there dancing while Benji sings. That’s how it is, bro. That’s how we roll. You do your thing and we do ours.
Don’t hold on any longer or Joel Schumaker might give this one rubber nipples, too. I mean, seriously, what the hell was that?
Pick up Hold On by Madface featuring Benji Clements only from RAM records here.