Boomkat Product Review:
UNiiQU3's latest EP is an all killer no filler modern club marvel, packed with personality, bass and swing that'll remind you what was so great about Jersey club in the first place.
'Heartbeats' is an assured, coherent statement from UNiiQU3 that showcases her giddy mix of R&B and Jersey club and barely pauses for breath. There are no ambient interludes or skits, just high octane, memorable bangers that work as a calling card for UNiiQU3's breathless energy and personality. The throwback dance-pop bump of Livin' Joy-gone-Berghain lead single 'Microdosing' isn't even the EP's high point, it's just the icing on the cake.
'Shame on Me' draws us into UNiiQU3's world, with requisite bedsqueaks and kick rolls to shake us into action. Tight vocal chops nod to US speed garage, and UNiiQU3's engineering is as slick as hi-budget EDM, but she grounds each track with a rhythmic style she's sculpted playing parties around Jersey and across the world. She knows what works, and shifts into drive on 'Unavailable' with a vocal that's as euphoric and satisfying as Timbaland-era R&B but with a dancefloor drive that's chained to 2021.
On 'Drown', trappy percussion and East Coast rap horns to punctuate steamy vocal loops, and closing track 'What Chu Waiting For?' is an alternate universe pop smash - like The-Dream x Missy Elliott x DJ Sliink. Coherent longform club records are hard to find, and "Heartbeats" is as essential as they come. 💣