Day 75 – M.O

I promised a while back that I’d try and branch into some different musical genres, so I’ve decided to postpone my originally-planned track for today and replace it with some sassy, new R&B instead. This is Wait Your Turn, the 2013 debut single from London-based all girl trio M.O, and it’s glorious.

Now, to give you a little bit of background on how I’m collating music for this challenge, I’ve have two playlists on the go – one for all the uploaded tracks (which you can find on Spotify. It’s public, so just search for 365 New Music Project) and another for all of the new stuff I find that I want to use in the future.

M.O was one of a host of suggestions that a colleague gave me to listen to back in August, and Wait Your Turn became one of the earliest tracks that I included on the latter playlist. But after more than 2 months of holding off, I finally decided to bring it to the table after listening to it again this afternoon.

I’m not a huge R&B fan, but this is an absolute stormer of a tune. Loud, proud and laced with actual attitude (rather than the Primark-lite sass that the X-Factor likes of Little Mix manage), it’s a devilishly fun tune to listen to. Imagine the polished sounds of the Pussycat Dolls but with Nicole Scherzinger’s deathly-bland vocals replaced by a spunky mix of TLC and Beyonce.

As for the music, there’s a lot of good stuff here. The Jai Ho-esque “ya-yikky-yikky-ya” that underpins the bass are a nice touch that grow on you after some initial unease, and of course there’s a lot of the usual, bouncing in-the-club “ohs” and “yeah’s” that Nelly, Sisqo & co rely heavily on for punctuation. But when it comes to the actual vocal melody at play, these three girls have got it nailed. Wait Your Turn is an exceptionally strong piece of lyrical and vocal prowess with a dynamite chorus hook – and which is easily one of the best pieces of UK R&B that there’s been in the past decade.

Anyway, take a listen and see what you think.


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