The unusual union of veteran hip hop and soul producer, SneekyCreeky, and newcomer singer/songwriter, Emily Coy, has given birth to a fresh and funky sound for a new generation of listeners. Their début collaboration, Fox & Mew – “in cahoots”, brings to the table an undeniably commercial mix of soul, funk and disco that is influenced by musical greats of the past and present.
Fox & Mew – “in cahoots”, features powerful anthems and intimate funky rhythms, led by Emily Coy’s signature soulful voice and personable and relatable lyrics. The songs on are anchored and sonically broadened by heavy drums, electric sounds, funk, jazz and future soul, which gives the album an evolved, modern-day feel while simultaneously sounding like a classic body of timeless music.
Emily Coy and SneekyCreeky manage to adorn the songs with offbeat melodic and chord curve balls that consistently keep the music and Fox & Mew‘s performances interesting, belying a musical dexterity we probably never knew they already had within their skillsets.
The first song “Pimp”, draws you in with its funky sexiness and comes to a crescendo after which Fox & Mew‘s invite you to the harsh silkiness of “F.Hew” (which I advise you to do play luxuriously loud for your neighbors). You then take a trip into “The Dark Night” where you are instantly seduced by a track that makes you feel like you’re at a basement house party grooving and puffing to retro brass rhythms. And just when you think it can’t get any better, Fox & Mew takes you into a rhythmically sensual journey on “Yin Yang” and “Hammer”.
Fox & Mew’s “in cahoots”, is a fascinating concoction, an elixir of mesmerizing musicianship and great storytelling. It is brilliant and one of the most refreshing EP’s released this year. The energy of this music makes you feel like you’re watching Fox & Mew live at an outside concert on a beautiful sunny day with just the right amount of breeze.
The production is so original, definitely out of the box. Both retro and modern sounding, Fox & Mew is in a class of their own but still in the realm of their audience’s taste and expectations. “F.Hew” for me is an outstanding track and worth the EP’s price alone. I would bet my last dollar, that with the appropriate media promotion, this track along with “Hammer” has the potential to blow-up the international pop and dance charts.
Without in any way minimizing SneekyCreeky ‘s wonderful work on this Ep, Emily Coy is it’s icing on top! This sister is definitely talented. She has such style and class. A cool mix of Sade’s elegance and Lisa Stansfield’s energy makes Emily’s voice timeless!
If you want to dance and sing until you burst from joy or pass out from exhaustion you should have had this EP from yesterday already!