NEW MUSIC: Jermaine Riley
FOLLOWING THE release of his debut album Hello Earth earlier this year, former FDM frontman Jermaine Riley has gone and wet his fans appetite yet again with mixtape 10.11.12.
The UK singer, who rose to fame as one third of the London boy band before a split forced him to pursue solo endeavors, released a selection of new and reworked classics last Saturday (Nov 10) – or more aptly 10.11.12 – get it?
The 12-track mixtape features the singer reworking R’n'B hits including Usher’s Climax and Chris Brown’s Don’t Judge Me,/I> - a practice Riley has dubbed “re-fixing.”
He also adds his magic to Rick Ross’ Diced Pineapples in the form of sultry R’n'B track Clouds and Miguel’s Adorn with penultimate track, Jekyll & Hyde – one of my favourites!
Stand out tracks on the mixtape include A Day In The Life, which features the singer’s younger brother Shaun Riley and aforementioned Jekyll & Hyde which showcases the star’s impressive vocal dexterity.
What The Night Does, which features US rapper Diggy (the son of Rev Run of Run DMC) is a decent and understated offering. The Transatlantic collaboration is a nice surprise buried neatly in Riley’s new body of work.
Bad Guy, a fun R’n'B track, which can remind you of early Usher in one instance and Trey Songz the next – not bad either way.
Then there’s The Old Me - a welcome head-bopping track, packaged and ready for a club playlist. The catchy track, which tells the story of a man who has embarked on a new relationship with a new woman and is warning off an old lover.
“Tell him that your new man said hello. Tell him that we’ve got plans for the future. Tell him when you see him, I’m tired of repeating, but you talk about him all the time,” Riley sings.
The solid body of work was executively produced, mixed and engineered by the 26-year-old singer - an amazing feat!
Additional mixing credits come in the form of UK super producer Dready and Ashley ‘Cito’ Carter.
“I’m really excited for my supporters to hear this particular project because I touched upon my reality. Whether it’s a serious subject or more tongue-in-cheek, I think the overall project is a great set up for future projects. If you love R’n'B and enjoy story-telling, I believe you’ll love this,” Riley added.
Another great offering from a talented, and often underrated, artist.
Ten Eleven Twelve is available now at www.jermaineriley.bandcamp.com