Track Review: Jodie Abacus: Keep Your Head Down

‘The sound is one that could easily be from the centre of the R&B era and after listening, you can’t help but be left with, well, a ‘Good Feeling.’

Intro to Jodie:
Having heard Jodie on BBC Introducing on Radio 2, I was keen to find out more about his music and while I thought
I had only just discovered him, it turns out I first heard his voice on ‘I’ll Be That Friend’ but I never knew who it was. Moving through his track list, I arrived at ‘Good Feeling’ which has a no nonsense introduction and continues at
full throttle throughout. The sound however is one that could easily be from the centre of the R&B era and after listening, you can’t help but be left with a feeling that’s as good at the track itself. However, while some of his other tracks, don’t really do much for me this is not the case for his showcased track, ‘Keep Your Head Down.’ Read on to see what I mean.

Featured Track: Keep Your Head Down
The opening to Jodie’s track, Keep Your Head Down, combines ragtime-esque chords with a deep, slightly gravelly but certainly soulful voice making it tricky to know where the track is going, however, it quickly builds into an unexpected and more mainstream beat with a bass  line which conjures up the image of a someone full of soul, walking along a street with a slight swagger.

The development of these opening ideas and styles are maintained through the first section until a breakdown where the piano and organ are removed giving more focus to the strong message contained within the lyrics. When listening to this, you can’t help but feel that it cries out for high arms swaying left to right and hands to be clapped as the crowd become fully immersed in the music. This section also allows for the track to rebuild through the introduction of a high-pitched string counter-melody and additional backing vocals.

In a similar way, the track has a second breakdown which see a return to the opening styles, with more focus on the piano idea this time than the beats of the previous one. As we approach the end, the intensity builds through combining all featured elements resulting in a celebratory, gospel-esque finish.

As the lyrics say ‘the road is long’, but for Jodie, it would seem this is just the beginning of his exciting musical journey.

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