I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Exile Tribe groups’ love for early-90’s pop throwbacks. Get With You is the debut single of new unit Deep Squad, which adds three members to veteran vocal act Deep for a fresh combination that injects a little more youth into their sound. This results in a satisfying blend of styles, hinging on 2020-era polish as much as classic nostalgia.
Most of Get With You sounds like something you’d hear an r&b boy group perform in the early 90’s. Its beat has a New Jack Swing groove, though it doesn’t hinge entirely on that genre. Instead, laid-back funk is the main driver here. The sunny, synth-sprinkled instrumental certainly contributes to this vibe, but the guys’ vocal performance is equally important. The melody has an appealing glide to it, riding the beat while offering a robust dose of pop melody. As expected of a group within the Exile family, Deep Squad’s vocals are confident throughout, adding just enough personality to make Get With You feel unique.
I love the song’s chorus, which moves from rhythmic to soaring in the space of seconds. The guys’ performance echoes this structure, placing emphasis in all the right places for a refrain that tugs at the melody to rousing effect. The verses are fun, too, especially when the main lines are echoed by a playful chant. These moments give Get With You a sense of youthful spontaneity that will hopefully become a trademark of Deep Squad’s music going forward. This is just pure, unpretentious pop music at its most good-natured and head-bobbing. In other words, it’s perfect for the summer.
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