In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an artform that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
Chuck Mercer – “Bulletproof”
How We Found It
I first came across “Bulletproof” when Chuck submitted the song to us through our portal at SubmitHub. For what it’s worth, the track was labeled “contemporary r&b”, which is an insanely broad category even by today’s arbitrary attempts at defining songs by genre. I’m going to avoid stepping on my “genre is irrelevant” soapbox today and just say that this song’s production takes it far beyond just ‘contemporary r&b’.
What We Like
With this track, it all starts with the production. In a mix reminiscent of the work of Canadian producer KAYTRANADA, the song bounces and grooves from beginning to end. The bass line carries the track forward and brings it from atmospheric soul to a hugely accessible concoction of lo-fi funk. Chuck also gets the mixing just right on this track – but the real cherry on top is his light, focused-but-whimsical lyrics that skip across the top of the track. Chuck blends scat-styled rapping and smooth falsetto for a memorable and infectious listen. We have a soft spot for self-producing artists, and were sold upon learning that Chuck wrote, produced, and delivered the vocals on this track.
From the Artist
I use both Reaper and Logic in producing, mixing and recording. Reaper is versatile in recording vocals and analog and very efficient with low latency. I gravitate toward Reaper because I started out back in the day using Reaper which is one the lowest costing most flexible Daws (it used to be only $60 and maybe still is) out there and I just have grown accustomed to it and like it. I also used logic to mix down for electronic and FX as its just efficient and compatible for any apple compatible FX / electronic plug ins.” – Chuck Mercer
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