If you saw my post on Record Box UK, earlier this month you will be well aware that UK based Duo McKay x McCourt recently debuted their 3-track EP titled 1157 which is available on Spotify and iTunes.
The most obvious critique of the this EP is of course length. The duo likely did this on purpose to leave their audience salivating and hungry for more.
I’d like to assume that it’s one of those moments where they were being cruel to be kind. Fingers crossed that we shall have an album on the way soon.
With that being said, let’s get into my thoughts on the EP track-by-track.
Talk to Me
Did somebody yell throwback? These two took it all the way back to 2007 with the melodious sounds of flawless vocal production. This number was a well executed R&B/Pop fusion complete with masterful harmonies and playful percussion. This song captured the feel good, care free essence of that era without sounding dated and was beautifully accented with a range of riffs and adlibs.
You all know that I am very big on song structure, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear a polished, well placed outro to round off a great song.
If it was up to me, this song would be the lead single as it feels very radio ready.
I hope that there will be a music video for this track, as it would be interesting to see how the pair conceptualise the songs vibe.
With Talk to Me raising the bar, I had high expectations for the next track. Thankfully I was not disappointed. The duo shifted gears and went for a completely different sound. The presence of more UK based influences is clear here. The focus of the song was more on the storytelling element rather than evoking a particular emotion as was done in the previous track.
As such, the production was a lot simpler with less complex melody lines and a more subtle bass line.
While Talk to Me allowed McKay to have his moment, this song really gave McCourt a chance to showcase his vocals, which I appreciated.
This was my least favourite track because while I saw where it was going vocally I don’t feel like it got there. It was a nice song but was missing that wow factor.
I wasn’t exactly disappointed with the song bur rather felt like McCourt could have explored his falsetto a bit more.
I understand what the pair were trying to do especially given the chilled vibe of the song. However, with the instrumental composition being relatively simple, I think this track was a missed opportunity to experiment with McCourt’s vocals.
More about the artists:
McKay x McCourt are a south-coast based commercial RnB duo that consists of UK songwriter and producer MCK from the Lovemade Collective along with rising UK R&B artist Thomas Gerard.
Having studied under the tutelage of current industry professionals such as Steven Wilkinson (Ellie Goulding, Skepta, The Rolling Stones), John Gallen (Queen, Rick Ashley, Billy Ocean) and Matt Russell (Coldplay, Take That, Metallica), both members are knowledgeable in their respective roles.with McKay being the producer and McCourt the singer.
Hailing from Dundee, Scotland, Gerard left home in hope of collaboration and opportunity for lack of a “contemporary” scene back home. Here is where artist meets producer MCK who allowed Gerard to take things to the next level as soon as they stepped into the studio together.
Influenced by fellow UK artists Craig David, Jorja Smith, Ella Mai and Sampha as well as others such as Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez, PARTYNEXTDOOR and ELHAE but to name a few – the pair are heavily influenced by a wide range of RnB stars who they take inspiration from in an effort to create something totally unique that the UK has never seen before.
Something tells me we will be seeing a lot more of these two in the near future. Who knows maybe even an interview before the summer?
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