I love this video. The animation works well and this is something that I would never think of seeing from Sharon Jones. This will def tap her into a younger demographic and this is something I could imagine Gnarls Barkley doing on their first album. Great Video.
it's unclear to me whether this track is still in production. It seems feasible that it's finished. If so, i think it's great. I like how melodic and enveloping the chordal and singing structures are, as a counterpoint to the rapping. If you're looking for musical ideas, and if the track is still in production, I'd suggest inserting a short (2 phrase) instrumental section into the song a moment where something besides a human voice is the main idea and takes center stage. An instrumental solo, if you will. Repetitive and enlivening.
Tight kick and snare! Love the grooving piano and deep bass (since I have the speakers to appreciate it - good thing I'm not on my laptop!). Did NOT expect that build into a shuffle, but I love it! Hats are a little overpowering though. First break could probably be four bars shorter, but laying back into the second verse is very satisfying. Favorite part is the synth pizzicato at 2:53. So cool! Really slick how such an organic sounding mix morphs into electronic by the end. Great work!
I dig the fact that this remix takes the song in an electro boggie direction and I love the instrumental breaks. In some ways a I miss the movement that Pharrell gave the original b I could see some kids in Williamsburg vibin out to this one.
Intro vocals seem a little loud, but I blame SoundCloud's encoding ;). Love the sliding bass, but I think it could come up a half dB in the mix. Okay, the vocal really could come down a little towards the beginning of the track. By 1:00 it's at a good level, but up to there it's a little too far out front. Maybe the compression could be revisited, or you could split it onto different tracks. Balance seems solid overall at 2:20, even with the bass. Perhaps the compression in mastering is causing a shift in the tonal balance, because the bass is just where I want it at 2:50. Love that little bass feature! Yeah, vocal seems loud again at 3:30. I think the mix is just compressed too much overall (the master track, not the individual tracks). It makes the build into the chorus less satisfying than it could be. I am really digging this keyboard solo. How come nobody does keyboard solos anymore? And the breathy stuff. Michael Jackson would be jealous! Ah I see - it's a human beatbox. The ending goes on pretty long even for a DJ, IMHO. Really nice work overall! You might experiment with backing off the compression in mastering, or if you're using a compressor on the master track before sending it to your ME, maybe try not doing that.
It seems this track (and video) is already an unmitigated success, so it feels strange to be asked for creative feedback on it. I think the success here is deserved. The musical arrangements and execution are soulful, tasteful, natural. Not overwrought, not undercooked. The video also succeeds where few others do. Somehow the actors / directors have avoided overacting, not a small feat. The surrealistic elements and moments where the line is blurred between imagination and reality are outstanding. I'm particularly fond of the association of bicycle riding and youthfulness. The whole production seems super pro. As in, excellent. Not a word I throw around too haphazardly.