London, England-based Alternative-R&B artist Montana B tenderly dims the light, brings the heat, and does her thing in her Valentines Day single release, “Do Your Thing.”
As the three-minute track begins, the cool and lustful atmosphere is set with quiet and smooth synths. Montana B fills the introduction with an autotuned set of “ohh’s” and “yeah’s,” which initially sounded shaky and unpolished from the first listen-through.
After the intro which lasts roughly fifteen seconds long, the flames slowly ignite and the magic begins when Montana B sings, “It’s three A.M.” The drums initially begin ducked under a filter to preserve the soft edge of the song before gracefully coming out for a slow but hard-driving and floor-shaking trap beat. The other instrumental stems softly do their work in the background and at times play along with the vocal melody. There’s a lot of bass and sub-bass synths at work here which are not overpowered to make the sound muddy. Overall, the song is mixed well enough that the instrumental stems doesn’t get in the way of the vocal performance.
That leaves Montana B at the front and centre-stage, leaving her ample room to work her magic and do her thing. Although the song did go off to a little shaky start with the autotuned melody, she still delivers a soulful and heartfelt performance all the way to the end of the song. Most of the melody is rhythmic and she is able to remain on rhythm and beat. Even after the introduction, she still uses autotune at some points of the song but it’s not as strong compared to the introduction. The autotune is there to add texture to her voice and it ultimately doesn’t mask Montana B’s genuine and melodic singing ability. I really like the way she uses vocal fry for the softest parts of the melody, while using more power when the melody demands the most emotion from her.
With that being said, the choruses are also noteworthy, where Montana B shows more of her range in her singing as well. Specifically, there’s a way that the repetitions of the line, “Do you thing, do your thing, do your thing, do your thing, thing,” that grips onto me and keeps me listening to the end. (Heck, even as I listen to this on repeat while I write this article in a study space, I found myself silently whispering, “Do your thing, do your thing, do your thing…”)
The outro is the biggest shortcoming of the song. After the last repetition of the “Do your thing” lines, the instrumental continues but abruptly fades. Perhaps this is to keep the love atmosphere lingering on, but I think the song deserves a better and much smoother ending to the song.
Overall, for a Valentine’s Day release, Montana B has produced a wonderful single in “Do Your Thing.” The listening experience from beginning to end is enough to dim the lights and cuddle with your lover. A high quality release such as this single should encourage new listeners to check out more of her material.
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