British Rapper & Songwriter Mars and Producer, Singer & Songwriter Jay Productions have capped off what has been a successful year for them, having appeared on US Rapper The Game’s mixtape ‘End Games Vol. 3’, via their previous collaboration ‘Made It’, which was also heavily supported by the likes of BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 1 and Westside Radio amongst others. Jay Productions himself has been widely supported by taste-makers including BBC Asian Network’s Kan D Man and DJ Limelight, Bhavotelli via his Bangers N Mash show on Westside Radio, and many more.
The ‘Bipolar’ EP brings together two talented artists, with Jay Productions providing the production over the course of six tracks, kicking off with the main single ‘5 to 9’, which was a given a recent video premiere via GRM Daily. Jay leads the way on this smooth R&B infused Drill banger, providing melodic vocals on the chorus, showcasing his singing skills as well as production and songwriting capabilities. Mars delivers verses in his easily distinguishable, gruff tone,complimenting the heavy-hitting sound of the beat, effortlessly switching up the flows frequently.
Speaking on ‘5 to 9’, Jay Productions was quoted via Music Crowns, saying, “’5 to 9’ is about achieving your goals no matter what it takes. It’s a spin off of the word 9am-5pm as that’s the normal working hours but being an artist/producer, hours can be 5am-9pm sometimes. It’s a play on the words but at the same time it shows the truth behind constantly striving to work and reach our dreams.”
Mars takes a moment to collect his thoughts on ‘Insanity’, a powerful, piano-led Hip Hop/Trap song produced by Jay, which evokes poignant feelings, combining the melancholy production with deep, ponderous bars from Mars, perfectly illustrating a back and forth relationship between him and his lady, that has got him close to insanity.
‘Made It’ is the one of the come up anthems of the year, displaying Jay’s production skills at their finest, with Mars showcasing terrific and ferocious delivery, flowing energetically on a multi-layered, thunderous Drill beat, doused in energy itself. Jay switches up the production towards the end, to turn up the heat another notch. Mars bulldozes through the beat with ease and much force, delivering a memorable, catchy chorus that sums up what the song is about.
‘Mummy Don’t Lyca’ is a sun-drenched banger from Mars and Jay Productions, with a Dancehall-inspired trapesque beat featuring vocals from Jay once again, and Mars adding verses that relate to the infatuation they have with one woman they would like to get closer to, maybe get to know more intimately. This song has a Spanish-come-Asian vibe to it, with Jay especially seeming to be inspired by his heritage for this melodic dance hit.
‘Merlin’ marks a change in the vibe of the EP, as Mars takes to a dark, haunting Drill beat, with occasional synths influenced by the West-Coast. Mars delivers unapologetic, murky lyrics that express his lack of patience, that fuels his need to grind to get money, as well as altering his attitude towards work and leisure time, and how he handles situations with those who get on the wrong side of him. ‘447’ is the finale track on the EP, and further lets you into the mind of Mars, as he takes to a hypnotic Drill instrumental perfectly suited for the Martian himself.
Mars comes across in his lyrics as an artist focused on himself, not watching the antics of others, and all about getting money through various endeavours, chilling and having fun although wanting to settle down with that one special somebody. Jay Productions provides the production which perfectly merges with Mars’ style, and is a varied in sound, from UK Hip Hop/Rap to Drill and Trap, and even Dancehall and R&B influences. Not only a producer, Jay also proved beyond a doubt that he is a talented singer and songwriter himself, blessing a couple of his own productions (‘5 to 9’, ‘Mummy Don’t Lyca’) with smoothly sung vocals.
Both Mars and Jay Productions aren’t strangers to collaborating together, as along with ‘Made It’, Jay Productions also produced ‘We Ain’t The Same’, by Sukhraj, alongside Mars and Ello S, which has racked up a staggering amount of views, in the hundreds of thousands. As well as Bhavotelli (Westside Radio), the ‘Bipolar’ EP is already being positively received from various DJ’s and radio stations, including BBC Asian Network’s Noreen Khan, Nadia Ali, and Bobby Friction, as well Jay Productions getting picked by Jasmine Takhar as BBC Introducing’s Artist of the Week via Ankur Desai’s show on BBC Asian Network, along with ‘5 to 9’ being aired.
You can expect to see more from Mars and Jay Productions in the coming months, and they will no doubt carry this momentum in to the new year, both collectively and as solo artists, but we sure can’t wait to see what this exciting, talented duo present us with next.
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