My first encounter with Pandamonae’s sound was on my Instagram explore page. I never go there. But for some reason, I spent quite some time watching a video of him falsetto effortlessly for minutes on Cliffhanger Artisty. At the end, I remember thinking to myself— “okay. Wow. People can actually sing!”
When I found that same video flying around Twitter, I payed closer attention. Last week, I listened to Pandamonae’s new single, “Nice & Sweet”. First, it convinced me to write stuff in my notes. Only a few things make me do this. Second, it convinced me to recommend it to my friends. My friends are trolls. You have to be extremely sure about anything to recommend it them.
It’s been several replays since my first listen and “Nice and Sweet” still sounds as impressive as the first time! Pandamonae’s voice over those reggae type drums produced 2 minutes and 35 seconds of pure bliss. The fact that someone with so much talent isn’t an established act yet seems oddly irreverent.
From diction to lyricism, he gets everything right. On this record, the production and mixing is as impressive as the artiste. It is simply magical to see the magic of Afrobeats in full flight. I must confess that at this time, I’m still unsure who mixed the track (I’d still love to know). However, Rhyme Bamz’s deserves serious credit for the production.
Pandamonae’s delivery is impeccable. He makes the effort to sound excellent. And he does. The song itself is a cocktail of Afro pop, reggae and balladry. The fact that it ends up being as simple as it is, remains cause for wonder somewhere in my head. I keep asking “how?!”.
If you’re looking for a reason to like Pandamonae as much as I do now— listen to “Nice & Sweet”. Because it has amazing replay/loop value, you’ll definitely crave more. For me, his is a sound everyone should try. If and when you do, I’m sure you’ll feel something or put someone else on (even if they’re trolls).