New York City-based duo Tropic debut single, “Breathe Again”, was released again as a remix by ShiShi on October 26th. The ShiShi-remixed single brings a unique hype-up sound, groovy breakdowns, rattling snare drums, trumpets, and a relaxing electronic bridge like no other. The duo is based on the intriguing fusion of R&B singer/songwriter Jo-B Sebastian and electronic DJ/producer Phuse (Jarel Hill) that creates a nostalgic, yet forward-thinking sound.
During the beginning of the song, Jo-B’s vocals brought more of a Soulection-type vibe. He tends to quietly express his lyrics with precise breath tones and strong cadences and manages to bring a declaration of how he wants to be free. Throughout the original song (as well as the remix), what Jo-B means is that he wants to be free by mentioning how he wants to “breathe again.” He explains to the certain party that he has no interest in pursuing something with that intended party, which digs down well with the production.
As far as the production goes, Phuse and ShiShi’s mash-up kind of resembles an ideal sound that is similar to other R&B house producers like SG Lewis, Monte Booker, and Masego. Both members of Tropic explain ShiShi’s role within the remixed song and how the collaboration came together:
“Our good friend and electronic powerhouse, ShiShi, jumps in and remixes our debut single, “Breathe Again”, breathing new life into one of the first songs we worked on together as a duo. ShiShi infuses our dark, funky heartbeat with his own uplifting, jazzy touch, transforming a brooding breakup song into an uplifting, soulful anthem. We’re so excited to be collaborating with such an awesome musician and to be sharing a collaboration that has come together as natural as when we started working together two years ago. Watch this space, there’s definitely more to come!”
With other keynotes that definitely make an ideal beach banger for this song, the trumpet and synth sounds repeat the same vibrant production styles like other songs that make that ‘ideal beach banger’, such as OMI’s “Cheerleader” and Stromae’s “Alors on Danse.” During the mid-point of the song, the strings tend to bring a quicker pace to match the song’s declining point, from more serious overtones to more fun, island-style production. In my opinion, “Breathe Again” brings a variety of beach-like vibes when it comes to production, and it seems like there is a backing brass ensemble playing close with Soulection-type styles, which make the song more enjoyable to listen to and get a relaxing feeling.
In the end, the groovy breakdowns and chill electronic bridge dictate the song in a way a person wants to escape a certain vice or blockage, in which it gives a strong beginning middle-end type of sequence. Overall, the song is quite remarkable with interesting production and it is recommended for a variety of moods for the overage listener. As for future work, Tropic will be releasing over 4 different projects in the forms of songs and
music videos in the time span of 3 months.