Unlabeled Music Project - 'Honest'

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 afternoon’s Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be delving into ‘Honest,’ the newest single from Munich-based duo, Unlabeled Music Project. The endeavor consists of the two artists, one of which pens lyrics, makes videos, and raps, and the other is a professional musician and producer. How does ‘Honest’ stack up? Let’s find out.

‘Honest’ is a pop electronic song at its core. The lead vocalist, Maria Sahines, navigates between pop and hip hop delivery with elegant tact. In fact, she’s the defiant highlight of the music; she’s passionate, on target throughout, and is accentuated beautifully by the production and instrumentation. Thus, let’s touch on both of those as well.

Musically, the song is a bit cookie cutter. It employs heavy use of synths, some tight beats, and occasional string sections and pianos, all caked in a thick layer of reverb. This atmospheric production is very well mixed and mastered, though. As aforementioned, it accents Sahines without feeling overproduced. That’s an admirable quality. All too often I’m met with electronic indie acts that have far too overproduced content. ‘Honest’ feels perfect for what it is.

So what sets Unlabeled Music Project’s sophomore single apart from their counterparts in the independent scene? There are thousands of acts employing pop and electronic influence. Well, it is most certainly the hip hop that is infused into ‘Honest.’ Sahines flips between pop and hip hop vocalizations unbelievably well, adding a very authentic, exciting layer to the song that isn’t present in its indie counterparts.

Right, so a final verdict on ‘Honest.’ It’s very much worth your time if you’re a fan of hip hop or pop music. It balances a compelling scale between the two without entering a realm of feeling overproduced. That’s incredibly commendable and it does set ‘Honest’ apart from the pop tunes I receive a dozen times a day. Check it out on SoundCloud below and follow them on social networking, too!