3.19.2014

Mini album review: Liz - Just like you

Liz - Just like you | Random J Pop

Liz has been bubbling under the surface of the music scene for a while now. Garnering an online following due to her fixation on all things Britney, Sailor-moon and also her genre bending mix of late 90's / early 00's R&B and UK garage. If Liz's discography so far is anything to go by, she has no f**ks for anything released after 2002. She is singing to the tunes from yesteryear and Diplo's gang of producers and beat makers are right there on hand to make sure her throwback jams knock right.

Just like you is an love letter to the house and dance jams of the 90's - a sound which has influenced the likes of Katy Perry's Prism, Lady Gaga's Artpop and Beyonce's iTunes crasher. But as with Annie's A&R EP, Liz's tap into this era feels much more explicit to the point where you could deem it conceptual. If you came up in the 90's then Just like you will be a nostalgic trip. Every song on this album will recapture a chart moment from the 90's you can remember. The album opener "Y2K" and "Stop me cold" sound like chopped up versions of KP & Envyi's "Shorty swing my way". "Say U would" fuses UK Garage, BMore house and elements of Mariah's "Dreamlover". "All of the boys" sounds like the dime a dozen UK Garage tracks which were clogging air waves in the mid 90's. From UK garage to Cali R&B, BMore house, 2-step and Trap - Liz pulls it all off and fits each style.

Where-as the likes of JoJo has gone to great lengths to pull all of her songs into cohesive package via interludes and careful sequencing with her past two mixtapes, Liz ain't got time for that. As a result Just like you sounds like a Now that's what I call music compilation - which may have been the intention. Although whilst an overall vibe is established for the EP as a whole, the overarching sound of the album dictates this, not the track order.

What this EP doesn't truly showcase, but gives you just enough of a hint of is that Liz loves her some old skool R&B. The album only deviates from 90's Garage-esque throwbacks for one track: the Mariah "Candy bling"-esque "Don't say". This is a great song, but it feels slightly out of place because there is no other song on the EP to compliment it. It's a shame that Liz didn't record a song along the lines of "U over them" or "XTC" to help bridge the gap sonically between the Garage focused jams and the straight R&B stylings of "Don't say".

Liz has tapped into something here which has truly resonated with me, because it takes me back to a time in the late 90's when there was great Pop, Dance and R&B. Around this time I was rediscovering music all over again and getting back in tune with it, after snubbing it for many years in favour of video games. But what this EP doesn't showcase as well as some of Liz's earlier material is her vocals. Liz doesn't have the most powerful set of vocals. I liken her to Aaliyah, in that she doesn't belt or have the most distinctive voice, but acts as a great vessel for the producers she works with because she just has that type of voice which seems to work with a range of styles and meld so well with it - from the most conventional productions to the off-the-wall and left field. But on this EP the production is what takes precedence over her. She's an accessory to the music, but she's never vital to it.

With a basic name like Liz, an album cover which resembles a Google search result and an 'any chick' voice, she will never be a big seller on the charts or be that memorable in the long run. But this EP of hers is a whole lot better than what many of the ladies in mainstream top 10 pop have released over the past 6 months and Liz delivers it effortlessly and void of hype or self boasted expectations.


Album highlights:
■ Y2K
■ Say U would
■ All them boys
■ Don't say ★ J's fave
■ Turn around

Stream the EP at Soundcloud | Download the EP for FREE @ Mad Decent 

19 comments:

  1. Them lips show it! I see why you love this girl! :D

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  2. Wow, I kinda wish I was there! Kelis did graduate from Le Cordon Bleu, so I'm really happy that she's living both dreams!

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  3. I'm looking forward to hearing this. Also being a huge fan of Annie's A&E ep I was wondering what you thought of Katy B's new album Little Red. I love it, especially the deluxe edition. I love to wide range of dance styles on it. Blue Eyes (with production by house legend MJ Cole) makes me dance likes it's 1999.

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  4. The girl must be sick of the whole cute & energetic 11 year old girl shtick. Or maybe she's just taking a note from Gaga and acting like a total whore.

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  5. FAIRY TAIL NOT FAIRY TALE!!!!!

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  6. meh. The song does nothing for me.

    Her other recent song "Shout It Out!" is a banger and the MV was on point. That song restored my faith in her after not liking anything she's released in the past 4 years.

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  7. I didn't even know she was gonna release a new album :O I love her, Flesh Tone was a masterpiece imo, but I believe this will be her sixth studio album not fifth :)

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  8. Nobody cares about this bitch. Where dat Bon Voyage review at?

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  9. 4minute just doesn't do it for me anymore. When I think of them I think of ass shaking, over-saturated (especially their burnt ass hair and videos), plastic girls. They just aren't THAT good anymore.

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  10. If anything, you should copypasta this whole shade post onto Perfume's official Facebook comment section and rant on how their business team / management company a.k.a Amuse Inc. don't give a fuck on how they should handle Perfume with the sensibility of international exposure in mind.

    https://www.facebook.com/Perfume.global/posts/758688094156300

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  11. They were so good during their Muzik promotions. This is one group I was rooting for a long time ago.

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  12. I wouldn't really call THAT living the dream. THAT'S nobody's dream.

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  13. She looks like ayumi hamaSUCKY when she comes out looking regular.

    Poor thing better keep it irregular and dressed in a mess. Basic doesn't work.

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  14. She has said in several interviews she will release a Japanese album this year. I think her self-composed Korean singles have destroyed her Japanese recent output but getting a dance vid for Shout It Out was a step in the right direction. This tune sounds pretty good n epic though.

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  15. Ugh... I've pretty much given up on Japan for the minute, They wouldn't know a good thing if they pulled up outside in a truck and blasted their windows.
    CK flopping, BoA flopping and both pitting out great music smh... Not feeling this really but love "Message / Call my name" and "Shout it out" and when the album drops I want it.

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  16. To own your own business doing what you love to do is nobody's dream? Yeah, good luck disproving that.

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  17. Oh business? As in the truck? Oh okay.

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  18. Glad you finally understand. ;)

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