Texas based Dancehall and Reggae artist John-Marc Lucid new single, “Muy Bonita” has another rock solid and the artist himself is as brilliant and dynamic as he has ever been, cementing the inevitable fact that this track will have a large impact on dancehall in 2017. For those listeners who may still have had reservations about John-Marc Lucid right to the throne, this song has enough extraordinary heat to convince them otherwise. The track showcases Lucid’s signature gyal lyrics over a poppy, synth-driven riddim laden with arpeggiators and panning effects.
John-Marc Lucid’s delivery is also in rare form on this song, calling upon several of his patented styles to match the intense but smooth energy of a cutting edge riddim built from an exotic, banging drum kit. Despite its minimal instrumentation, the bass line, keys, and intimate narrative of “Muy Bonita” make it a tune with undeniable appeal. Lucid’s’s relaxed, playful delivery effortlessly floats on the riddim, and becomes extra potent when juxtaposed with synths that provides the counterbalance to both the story and the vocals.
John-Marc Lucid is emerging as one that continuously exuberates good vibes, energy and on point lyrics. Moreover, the artist is laser-focused on a very particular brand of pop-influenced, contemporary dancehall. This lighter approach to the music is enhanced by Lucid’s catchy melodies and lyrics, employed in many of his songs.
Together with his straightforward delivery, a perfect intonations John-Marc is one of the best in the underground at what he does, and he has a growing, largely glossed-over catalogue to prove it. He is lethal on pretty much any riddim, but, because of his tendency toward catchy lyrics, his talents are maximized on club or radio instrumentals.
Even if he takes a more revolutionary approach, John-Marc Lucid can make a roots-influenced riddim feel as urban and contemporary as grime, trap, EDM or pop. Sometimes, it merely takes the first few seconds of a release to be convinced of its wow-potential. One of these “somes” is this new single by Lucid.
The track really did it for me. The underlying riddim holds a perfect balance between smooth laid-backness and amiable dancing-invitation. Crisp, clean sounds, booming bass and a skilled arrangement that switches between a groovy beat an ear-worm vocal tune make “Muy Bonita” pleasant listening experience.
To be sure, John-Marc Lucid has got the looks, the voice and the talent to step up to the international Dancehall and Reggaeton scene. Like Sean Paul, Lucid has a highly recognizable brand ready-made for many global markets, and this notability could help propel his tunes into the spotlight.