David James' EP Downtown Kids is a blend of various genres, a mix of hip-hop and pop/rock animated with country. His newest release contains tunes that invite a sing-along.
The country-pop melodic hook and harmoniously dynamic background vocals are intoxicating on "Turn Me On," while the feel-good coming-of-age title track, about misbehaved teenagers from a small town, emphasizes partying in cars while cruising the streets. The lyrics for "Downtown Kids" will evoke imagery from 1993 film Dazed and Confused. James references cars again, this time with a love interest, on "What If I Don't," which starts and ends with a hip-hop backbeat, while a pop-rock chorus brings the country sentiment.
It's not all perfect — folk chantey "Sun Sets on It" becomes muddled and overly complicated when the sounds for the kick drum and drum beat switch twice during the bridge, but Downtown Kids is a progressive EP that deviates from his 2016 release Songs About a Girl by adding a modern hip-hop vibe. The newest development in country music is the country-pop melodies and hick-hop beats set in motion by David James. (MDM)