I am always looking for something new in music to get me out of the rut and into a good mood, this did the trick. Kind of Maroon 5-ish but not too much, MJ ULTRA us some feel-good vibes with his latest single, and uplifting summer anthem “LA ’09”. This song makes me want to get up and dance! It’s so groovy (if that’s an acceptable adjective to use these days), but that’s the only way I can properly describe the vibe of this song. It’s got a kind of old school sound to it and that kind of funky spirit especially with the soulful bass and hip-hop drums. I know I just used the words ‘funky’ and ‘groovy’ in the same paragraph, but you get the kind of sound I’m trying to describe.
The track also shows off MJ ULTRA’s amazing vocals, which has the same cheeky, fun-filled, upbeat sound that the music has and just instantly puts a smile on my face. The backing vocal arrangements are also impressive and add to the luscious nature of the tune.
Seriously, if this doesn’t make you want to dance around the room and sing-along, you need to check your pulse rate. “LA ’09” brings all the positivity and character that MJ ULTRA has in his voice.
MJ ULTRA sounds like the consummate entertainer, and at times I get the impression from the tone of his voice that he seems to be having even more fun than the listeners may be having. Featured artist T. Smidi also throws in his lot, to add more artistic fuel to the creative fire, resulting in an all-round pro track in every aspect – from the production to the performances and the songwriting.
MORE ABOUT: MJ got his first taste of the limelight when he wrote and recorded a hip-hop remix of “New York, New York” for the Justin Timberlake blockbuster ‘Friends With Benefits’. The track would go on to be featured twice on ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’.
He’d follow that up with a remix to Neil Diamond’s “Holy Holly” for the Kevin James comedy, Here Comes the Boom. He has written and performed with industry vets including Thirty Seconds to Mars (on The Ellen DeGeneres Show), El DeBarge, Chali 2na, Eddie Griffin and Ruben Studdard, and recently headlined the Boogaloo Music Festival in Cali.