Wiley – Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)

Alright, I was reluctant to put two old reviews up on my first day, but I’m really eager! This was done prior to the Good Ass Intro review; it was originally posted around the end of October 2012. Yeah, anyway, here it is!

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Alright. It’s been time since the last time I’ve written anything to be honest. Uni is starting to get a bit busier though, and I’m writing again, so it seems like as good a time as any to get back on here. I’ve got to talk about this track. Wiley rode a wave of momentum over the summer when he released Heatwave, getting his (well deserved) solo number one at last. I suppose you’re wondering if he could follow-up on this with his next release. I won’t ruin it for you. But yes. Yes he can.

One thing I have to say first, this isn’t a huge grime anthem. It’s going to get played in clubs. But that’s a good thing. The thing is, Wiley can’t seem to please everyone. When Heatwave got to number one, I was so happy for him, but I still saw people on twitter talking about going mainstream and not giving back to the fans that made him big. It would appear that those fans completely forgot about It’s All Fun and Game Vol. 1 and 2. They’re pretty grimy aren’t they? That is classic Eskiboy in my opinion, so let him live. I feel for the guy, trying to please everyone, but hey, he copes with it and I’ve got a lot of respect for him. I know he agrees with me too. Genuinely. He even said so on twitter.

Now that’s out of the way, I’ll actually talk about the track. It’s got some huge features. Heatwave’s Ms. D jumps on this one too, with another memorable hook, while fellow Boy Better Know members Skepta and JME add some memorable verses. More on that later.

This is the Wiley you (should) know. He’s talking about having a good time. What more do you need to know. A little throwback to his track I’m Skanking doesn’t go a miss, I’m feeling that! But yeah, it’s solid stuff, I feel the verse and as a party track, it’s nice! Next up is Ms. D. I liked Heatwave, but I feel her chorus on this track is even better. It might be that I love the way she says “ayayaya”, I dunno, but yeah, she’s got nice vocals, and hopefully I’ll hear some solo stuff from her in the future too.

What else. Oh yeah, the Adenuga brothers. Skepta pops up next, with what are probably my favourite bars of the track;

Wiley called me on the iPhone / He said “get your passport”, told me to come through

Put your suncream in your suitcase / When I arrive, I’m causing a heatwave too

I mean, come on. If you’ve heard Heatwave, you’ve got to feel that. Also, the line about his Jesus piece actually being JME? That’s my favourite time that ice has been mentioned. Even more than Hold On or Tour Bus Massacre. I know my “JME chain” references, alright.

Then Jamie jumps on. I feel this verse too. I’m at uni, but I haven’t even been out this year, due to illness, being away or general laziness, so I know what he means. I don’t usually party, but if I could be promised that this track would be playing, I’d be there, one hundred percent. Another nice verse here (you might be sensing a pattern) that just adds to the party vibe. “I just enjoy it while it lasts” sums up how I feel about life in general, so I feel that one.

So I don’t really know what I’ve said to be honest. Everything about this track is a positive. There’s a nice beat from Rymez in there too, and it’s got a cool video, I genuinely have nothing bad to say. The EP has three remixes and an instrumental, you might as well get the whole thing to be honest, although I haven’t listened to the others closely, they sound nice too. It came out on iTunes at midnight today (the 28th of October, 2012 if you’re looking at this in the future. Or the past, somehow) and I strongly urge you to go grab this. Actually, while I’m here, grab Lay-Z’s Lobster EP too. I might have some words about that in the future, but that’s two huge releases on one day, you can’t complain about that. Back to this though, I feel like it’s got a nice mix between the mainstream appeal that Heatwave had, but with added grime stars. It’s a winning combination. Get it. Ayayaya.

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