Viceroy used to be the king of the tropical electronic sound, but he’s totally switched up his artistic direction and it’s seriously paid off. That couldn’t be more apparent on “1999”, a single that’s equal parts swagged out and soulful. His production has a wonderful punch to it that resonates through a reverberating low end while horns tailor made for a celebration are draped across the top of the instrumental like a colorful decoration. Brandyn Burnette’s vocals drive that vibe home – he essentially floats across Viceroy’s production with such an effortlessly cool demeanor that you can’t resist nodding along and feeling all the joy he’s putting out into the world.
I’d love to hear an EP or an album between these two. They complement each other so well and the synergy between them is so strong that it’s almost difficult to put into words. Not only do they sound amazing together, but Burnette’s lyrics totally fit the aura Viceroy creates. They celebrate a shared love for their nostalgia when it comes to the ’90s but sound totally fresh while doing so – I love the lines ranging from Steve Nash shooting free throws to Tony Hawk on his grind. It really catches the feel of that era and has me thinking about my days during that decade. Here’s to appreciating the past while keeping our eyes on the present and future.