Just over a month after the release of their second E.P, Frankie & Harvey drop their newest single ‘Want to Be’ to keep us on our toes. With the momentum still gathering from the release of ‘Paid to List£n’, this track feels like the finishing touch for the successful year FS & HG have had.
Harvey’s range of influences have led him to adopt a unique style of production which we have seen develop over the last year, with the theme of the instrumental following on closely from ‘Paid to List£n’. The mellow stringed sample (sliced perfectly as usual) is accompanied nicely by an echoed sample which gives the beat a more anthemic vibe. The slight displacement of the looped hi-hats gives the other elements of the drum break, such as the understated kick drum, more presence.
As I’ve said in previous reviews, the way in which Frankie can work around one of Harvey’s instrumentals is undoubtedly a major aspect of the duos popularity. There is no change here, with Frankie also matching a similar theme to that of ‘Paid to List£n’. His outlook on life, personal relationships, past memories and music is embodied in his lyrics, although the message in Frankie’s lyricism is sometimes overlooked due to the smoothness of his delivery.
Once again I have enjoyed listening to something which Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn have released. This track signifies a good year for the duo in 2012 – I am looking forward to what the boys have in store for us in 2013.
Written by Charlie Hyams