‘Blackout Reloaded’ earns 5 out of 5 stars from Matthew Forss (music critic)October 26, 2013
JVigil brings us a fresh set of three remixed songs of “Blackout” that incorporate industrial dance beats, subtle vocals, and groove- driven electronica.
The first track, “Blackout,” opens with punchy and industrial static with cool vocals and metallic sparks of sound that take on a Euro-dance feel. The heady song is dance-driven, yet vocally supple. Though, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke may be a very small resemblance here, JVigil still stands alone with better beats, vocals, and electronic arrangements than the abovementioned artists. “Blackout” (Shorthand Remix) is the same song, but it is remixed by Shorthand. As a result, there are more drawn out electronic embellishments, tapping percussion sounds, scintillating keys, and hip hop instrumentals without all the hip hop and rap lyrics. The song is longer than the other two songs on the album. “Blackout” (J Battle Remix) is remixed by J Battle, but written by JVigil. The song is more industrial with metallic pings and blurbs amidst an electronic array of noises. There is a solid and smooth dance beat rather akin to “Blackout.”
The swishy dance music elements, urban beats, electronic undertones, and spectacular vocals showcase the true meaning of electronic dance music. The intelligent arrangements are catchy, enthralling, and most of all – appropriate and relevant. The fluid musical elements are not overdone in any way. Also, the vocals are entirely appropriate and solid throughout each remix. The vocals do not overshadow the musical intensity of the instrumentation. Overall, the laser- like adornments and swishy percussion sounds are unlike anything contemporary music currently brings to the table. Fans of dance, electronica, R&B, urban, and pop music will love it.
Review by Matthew Forss
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)