JPLU$’ release “ Damos La Vuelta” stylishly fuses the electronic ambiance of modern hip hop with a beautifully emotional approach to songwriting. Adding to this, you get a rap-like melody and a distinctly creative sense of musicianship, which offers up a captivating structure – one that holds tight to your attention and keeps you involved throughout.
The detail that comes through in the ambiance is increasingly colorful and forever impressive. From the offset a soundscape riff captures the imagination, setting a mellow groove upon which the following song can shine brightly. As things progress, the instrumentation explodes into something much heavier, with a much higher overall level of energy. The whole thing builds and builds in a cool and captivating way, so the final few moments hit with absolute impact as you’ve anticipated the rising intensity – everything is familiar by now, so these awesome riffs and melodies all collide and collaborate in a powerful way.
You get a real sense of connection and authenticity when you hear music that comes from a place of real struggle or experience. Regardless of genre, there’s something very real and vulnerable about truth in music and in lyricism. This release from JPLU$ is a track inspired by and dedicated to someone who meant a lot to the artist. That loss, that realization and attempt to accept, is inherent in the single. The concept and the emotion tied to it comes through in everything from the lyrics to the vocal performance to the underlying soundscape. It’s a mellow yet powerful song that creates a certain space around you, within which you can really take on these ideas, and actually, potentially, reflect on your own life and your own experiences.
The lyrics on this track are brilliant, the opening verse lays out a story-line of sorts – a personal narrative, delivered initially in a calm and quite melancholy manner; the monotonous daily routine seems to have lost its purpose, and this shows in more ways than one. Later on, the intensity rises, the passion in the artist’s voice increases as the subject matter dictates, and this again adds greatly to that overall realness. At the very same time, the soundscape offers up this mellow, synth driven, lo-fi ambiance that floats around you like a dream.
Structurally the song has been crafted quite flawlessly, the intro draws you in gently, the leading voice welcomes you to the story-line, the subject matter is fairly laid back so nothing too heavy introduces you to the creativity. As stated, things build and build throughout, leading confidently up toward a huge final section. The song’s hook is immediately effective, though more so later on once you’ve heard it a couple of times. The opening word of the hook, the melody here, the vocal passion, really sinks in for the long term.