As the charts become increasingly populated with R’n’B pin ups with the likes of Taio Cruz and Flo Rida taking hold of the recent synth R’n’B surge, semi-newbie Loick Essien has been slowly creeping up on us, first with his debut effort, Love Drunk and now with his sophomore single, Stuttering, in which he has enlisted the slamming hip hop talents of chav favorites, N-Dubz.
The track is full of urban energy and Essien propels himself head on into Stuttering delivering the track with vocal precision over some fairly grime heavy synth beats. Essien is clearly capable of the vocal workout that Stuttering proves to be as he effortlessly peaks on each of the tracks falsetto notes that are dotted throughout the track.
The single isn’t a bad effort for a Essien’s who is gearing up for the release of the tracks parent record, Identity, which is due in the early months of 2011. Its infectious melodies coupled with both Essien’s fast paced rhyming and collaborators, N-Dubz’s complimenting rap additions, is wrapped up into a neat little package but with the likes of Taio Cruz, Flo Rida and Tinchy Stryder churning out hit after hit and filling the charts with such similar yet more commercially beefy releases, is there really room for another hip hopper with a synthesizer at hand?
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