Marc E. Bassy Shines on ‘Groovy People’ EP
Versatile up-and-coming musician Marc E. Bassy showcases immense potential on his latest EP, ‘Groovy People.’
Marc E. Bassy is a newcomer that shouldn’t slept on. Difficult to classify or pigeonhole, Bassy is eclectic. He incorporates pop, urban, and singer/songwriter cues into his music. This makes him a compelling artist – one chocked full of potential. After releasing an EP in 2015 (East Hollywood) as well as a mixtape in 2014 (Only the Poets Mixtape (Vol. 1)), Bassy returns with a second EP, Groove People.
Groovy People initiates with the infectious, slick single “You & Me.” “You & Me” is chill, but packs a punch despite being laid back. Reggae-infused pop tends to be effective or blatantly ineffective. Bassy “hits the mark” on “You & Me.” He also scores a respectable assist from G-Eazy, who’s been on fire lately.
“Subway Car” builds upon the excellent start of Groovy People. Featuring odd production, “Subway Car” is intriguing. It successfully distinguishes itself from other pop records on the radio. Vocally, Bassy is soulful without the need for runs, excessive falsetto, or histrionics. The chorus is catchy, always a pro.
“Dirty Water” is brief, but packs a mean punch. The “dirty water” is cheating, though it’s brilliant tied in with alcohol. Bassy professes his love on blue-eyed soul standout “Morning.” From the opening piano riffs, it’s clear Bassy has a hit on his hands. Bassy asks his lover a series of questions to confirm the depth of their relationship.
“Would you know if I ever laid with another lover? / We was on a break, babe and I wore a rubber / would you forgive me?”
Closing song “Last One I Love” completely switches gears (at least initially). It embraces pop, rock and singer/songwriter styles, but infuses contemporary soul on the chorus. The soulfulness spills over into the bridge and the closing section, featuring background vocalists. The vibe is alternative R&B, in the vein of Miguel.
All in all, Groovy People is a fine introduction to Marc E. Bassy. While he has released two projects prior to it, considering the status of “You & Me,” this is likely the project to “get people talking.” The EP offers five captivating songs that showcase Bassy’s incredible potential. It doesn’t just stop with up-and-coming single “You & Me” but continues over the 17-minute course.
Gems: “You & Me,” “Subway Car” & “Morning”