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.
Last September, I was highly complimentary of Starvon, an up and coming songwriter and producer working out of Los Angeles. At that time, the tune I lauded her for was ‘Is Anyone Listening.’ She’s now back with a new endeavor entitled ‘Do To You’ and it’s got a wonderful ensemble backing it. Let’s explore the new tune and see if it lives up to the high standard Starvon set for herself last fall.
Starvon is a particularly interesting producer because she writes and producers the tracks, but then hands the vocal reins over to guest performers. There’s a lot to like about this tactic, namely that it brings fresh new talent into each song to infuse their unique personality into it. For ‘Do To You,’ Starvon recruited vocalist Karlina Covington and rapper Ozzie Prez - two performers that have nice chemistry on the tune.
Similar to ‘Is Anyone Listening,’ Starvon harnesses infectious pop stylings and attaches them to pretty strong pop lyricism. ‘Do To You’ is much more carefree, though. It’s an electronic, contemporary love ballad perfect for the dance floor. There isn’t as much lyrical depth as a song like ‘Is Anyone Listening,’ but there isn’t supposed to be. It’s a release that’s right on time for your summer playlist.
Covington does a fine job occupying her position in the soundscape. She’s on mark throughout, and never falls out of tune. Prez’ contribution is minimal, but effective as well, especially because he provides some much needed edge to the song. I would have loved to see him in a more involved role, perhaps with another verse. Starvon's production is excellent, as I expected, and accentuates her two chosen performers remarkably well.
‘Do To You’ is a great carefree summer tune meant to send good vibes out of your speakers on the dance floor or at the beach. Thus, check it out if you’re looking for that sort of thing. It is what it is - nothing more, nothing less. Starvon accomplished what she set out to do with this track.