Ximares is a truly exciting artist hailing from the Netherlands. Having begun his musical journey by learning to play piano in 2010, his talent has grown from strength to strength. We have been lucky enough to review the intoxicating track, ‘Be a Badass’. The song is full of character, charm, and power. We recommend it whole heartedly as it would be a welcomed addition to any playlist.
‘Be a Badass’ is certainly a badass song. First, we hear a hard-hitting opening which features a big and bold sounding bass which is full of character and depth. The bass is accompanied by disorientating synths which move fiercely like an alerting siren in the darkness. The synths riff is heard at the forefront of the mix and then echoed in the background, this creates a nice depth of texture and makes for a full and fulfilling opening.
Next, we hear the drums kick in. Here, the song changes its feel. It now has a Rock element that takes the listener in a brand new direction. The bass and drums take the lead and steer the listener through a maze of hard-hitting melodies and beats. The kick drum sounds like a machine gun, spitting out hits and sounding thoroughly impactful. The bass tones make the song feel dark and mysterious.
We then hear the synths taking the steering wheel again. The synths create a sense of lighter fun to the piece. There are semitone descending notes in the melody of the synths and recognisable riffs begin to appear.
We also adored the parts where the drums take the lead on their own. There is a high hat break and tom fills to be devoured. Three-quarters of the way through we hear what feels like a new beginning, all of the instrumentation breaks away for the synths to produce chords which opens the gate for the drums and bass to reenter. Blissful.
Overall, the composition of ‘Be a Badass’ is exquisite. We adored how in different parts of the song different elements took centre stage. The listener is kept on their toes throughout and all of the sections marry together seamlessly. This is very clever and experienced writing to cross genres and add textures yet still make everything sound as though it belongs together.
Also, a talented singer and voice actor, there seems to be no end to Ximares’s talents! Make sure to check out this inspirational and individual artist today, you will not be disappointed!
Reviewed by FVReviews November 2018