Chance Blair – Jersey Girl
Opening with a stripped back vibe as the bass gradually pulls itself into the scene, Chance Blair’s distinctive vocal enters the mix.
Tinted with autotune to give his tone some bite, Blair gets straight to business by rapping about his titular Jersey Girl. The beats are really enjoyable – unusual in their more breakbeat style which doesn’t tend to make much of an appearance in hip hop, and Chance Blair’s crossover into more of a pop aesthetic allows for this very well. As the track progresses, its glacial synths begin to creep forward and make themselves more apparent, and they add a strange combination of bright chill and ambient darkness. Lyrically Blair packs the track full of points to make sure we know plenty about his Jersey Girl – she looks cool, she’s smart, and she’s a hard worker. The lines do get repeated, but on the second time around they are laid down over a more washed out section of music that makes the vocal tone really stand out, while the music turns towards more of a rave organ and house piano affair with a bass sweep that hypes and excitens the whole track. Chance Blair’s work here is unassuming but brings with it a confidence that will be a treat to the ears of many urban electronic music fans.