EP REVIEW: DNCE – Swaay

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With the release of “Cake By The Ocean” I proclaimed these guys as being “possibly your new favourite band” and after listening to their EP I’m going to stand by that statement. Fronted by Joe Jonas, DNCE deliver pop infused tracks that explode with vibrant fun vibes and innuendo silliness. Their debut EP “Swaay” will have you grooving from start to finish and will have them gaining comparisons to Maroon 5 with their funky disco elements. Lead single “Cake By The Ocean” is a TUNE that will captivate you with its groovy bassline and gimmicky lyrics. This was the first time we really saw Joe Jonas experimenting with his vocals and delivering something a bit more playful and he doesn’t stop there. On the infectious and sexually charged “Toothbrush” he proclaims “Baby you don’t have to rush you can leave a toothbrush at my place”. This song experiments with a heavier pop beat that again incorporates a groovy disco vibe and I cannot get enough of this track. “Pay My Rent” is lyrically cheeky and with bassist Cole Whittle from the band Semi Precious Weapons I have come to the conclusion that he seems to have a problem with paying his rent. On Semi Precious Weapons self-titled song they told the world “I can’t pay my rent but I’m fucking gorgeous” and on this new track DNCE are asking other people to pay their rent. Coincidence? I think not. This track gives me Justin Timberlake vibes with its ultra-cool groove and Jonas’ playful vocal range. EP closer “Jinx” showcases a vulnerable side to the band with a stripped down cute pop track that shows his boyband roots are still slightly intact, and that’s not a bad thing. “I want to tell everyone that you are, you are my only one. Screaming at the top of my lungs but I’m whispering, I’m whispering, I’m whispering cause I don’t want to jinx it”. DNCE showcase a strong versatility with this playful and catchy four track EP that will leave you wanting and needing more.

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