Mo Brandis Drops High-Energy Soul-Pop Single "Think"
London singer-songwriter Mo Brandis isn't do the busking thing and he's not doing the quiet contemplation thing you might associate with the singer-songwriter epithet. If those are ground level, he's soaring. Last year, Mo dropped some seriously mouthwatering singles that gained recognition from some major music magazines, using his vocal and storytelling prowess to build dance-pop anthems.
Lucky for us, Mo's back with his first release of 2018, "Think," released a few months ago. When we asked Mo to tell us a little about the tune, he revealed that "It was the middle of winter and my producer started this beat that immediately felt like a summer tune to me. The lyrics were actually inspired by a conversation I overheard in a bar in Venice Beach -- it was obviously a first date and it went from blatantly awkward to very confident, all thanks to the waitress bringing over more and more drinks. Gotta love a little bit of Dutch courage.“
With this backstory in mind, "Think" is elevated to a smooth sultry summer bop, the single-song soundtrack to all those late-night dates begging for more and more cocktails. "Think" opens with a swell of distant funk rhythms, bursting and bubbling, before Mo's impossibly soft, steady vocals come in singing "Wanna get to know ya / Oh I can see what we will be / I'm a dreamer." These vocals -- really leading the way, and garnering major similarities to Justin Timberlake, btw -- are accompanied by the impatient urgency of percussive pops and shimmers before the arrangement erupts into a high-energy electric dance beat. Throughout the track, Mo moves effortlessly (suavely, if you will) through catchy moments like his desperate howl of "Might be this drink but I think I love ya" and soulful bits when the music oozes and sways. With an expertly crafted arrangement that combines funk, soul, and pop elements, "Think" is a sonic summer explosion, stacked with color and rhythm destined for a spin with fellow late-night club anthems.