The Stereojack's “Believe” single has been categorized as pop, euro- pop and pop rock respectively, but it has much in common with other subgenres, as well. An unmistakable reggae groove runs throughout, with vocal and instrumental overtones that take cues from the ska tradition. Mixing remarkably well with this island warmth are trappings of the old-school house music scene.
Digital elements such as mixed drum beats and surprising, delightful synth phrases blend so discretely in “Believe” that fans of house music could miss the ska attributes altogether, even as evident though they are, while longtime listeners of the Specials and Madness could feasibly focus on the vocals and blasts of brass, and never notice the synthesized characteristics of the Stereojack's single at all. An entire LP of such music could passably warrant a new subgenre all its own.
The Stereojack himself cites as main artistic influences a broad, sweeping list of musicians who share only a consistent thread of absolute quality between them. Among these are the Beatles, Queen, Kraftwerk, Allister Brimble, U2, Waltari, David Bowie, Orbital, Fatboy Slim, Underworld, Morcheeba, Beck, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Regina Spektor, and Norman Cook. This copious collection is an iceberg's tip, and one gets the impression that the Stereojack has a library of musical interests (and activities) that he prefers to keep separated.
All in all, “Believe” is a blue-collar masterpiece for anyone who appreciates feel-good music that seems written for the listener and performed directly to the listener – or to put it more succinctly, it's for everyone.
“Believe” by the Stereojack is available online worldwide.
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