Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we revisit an artist we’ve regularly delved into over the last year: Maini Sorri. The Swedish-Finnish singer, musician, and songwriter has been lauded several times here on the Spotlight for her refreshing tunes that span a variety of genres. She’s tackled pop, electronic dance music, love ballads, and so much more. Her latest endeavor is ‘Second Chance,’ a collaboration with the American rapper Magneto Dayo. Let’s dig right into it and figure out what it’s all about.
Magneto Dayo discovered Sorri online and reached out to record with her, and thus, the two crafted ‘Second Chance.’ The track aligns closely with Sorri’s previous dance music efforts, relying entirely on electronic instrumentation, thick, danceable beats, and intensity. One of the hallmarks of a Sorri recording is infectiously fun synthesizers; she’s particularly good at that. They’re in abundance on ‘Second Chance.’ Her signature crooning is in force again as well.
I love the induction of Magneto Dayo to Sorri’s style. She mixes perfectly with his strong, powerful hip hop delivery. One of the things about Sorri’s music that I’ve always found especially compelling is her ability to work with a myriad of artists and collaborators across great distances to significant success. It’s quite difficult to create a cohesive product when half of the work is being done in Sweden and the other half in America. ‘Second Chance’ pulls this off in spades, and you’ll forget entirely that the two weren’t actually in a studio together.
The lyricism is quite good, too, especially on Magneto Dayo’s end. It isn’t terribly deep, but it is well rhymed and executed. I will say this, though: I would like to hear Sorri release a stripped down track. She should shed the electronic instrumentation and drum machines and accent herself less intense orchestration. Her voice is wonderfully unique, and I think it would be so remarkable against a simplistic soundscape. That, however, is for another day. In the meantime, check out ‘Second Chance’ when it drops this Monday, January 25. It’s a great tune.